Archaeology and Gender in Europe

Welcome to the website of the EAA Community Archaeology and Gender in Europe (AGE)!

Crowdfunding on Kickstarter for AGE booklet deconstructing common gender stereotypes was succesful!

AGE is combating gender stereotypes in a new booklet project. Illustrations of 21 common gender stereotypes are deconstructed by AGE members in short texts. To make it happen, the project needed to rise 5.300 € until the 13th January 2021.

For more information, please see the project PDF or watch the talk on the 'Behind the Trowel' YouTube channel of archaeologist Natasha Billson from 10th January 2021 were Bisserka, Laura and Uroš presented the project! The project description can also be found at Kickstarter!

EAA Annual Meeting 2021: AGE-related sessions

The 27th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists will be held 8th - 11th September 2021 as online event: More information can be found at the conference website!

This year, 5 AGE-related sessions are part of the conference:

  • Session no. 100: To Gender or not to Gender? Exploring Gender Variations through Time and Space
  • Session no. 131: The Place of Queer Theory in Current Archaeological Debates: All T, No Shade?
  • Session no. 327: Engendering Public Archaeology
  • Session no. 343: The Rise of Patriarchy. An Archaeological View
  • Session no. 348: Derivates of Their Men? Alternatives to the "Woman Problem" in mortuary archaeology

  • In addition, there are also sessions with AGE-related topics that are co-organized by AGE members, like
  • Session no. 236: Representation matters - Diversity in Visual Representations of the Past

  • For more information about this and other sessions, please go to the website of the 27th EAA Annual Meeting at!

    AGE on Twitter!

    AGE is now also on Twitter: You can find AGE there as @age_eaa and follow us for updates!
    If you want to post something AGE-related through our Twitter channel, please send your message in 160 characters to the AGE board.

    AGE Pilsen session has been published

    The 2013 Pilsen AGE session on Gender and violence, organized by Uroš Matić and Bo Jensen, has been published! You can find more information about the book at at the publishers website.

    New section on working groups at the EAA webpage

    The EAA website had been reorganized, and each working group got their own section there now. Please also visit the webpage of our working group there, which can be found under EAA ommunities -> Archaeology and Gender in Europe. Contributions by AGE members are also welcome there!

    AGE Istanbul session has been published

    The 2014 Istanbul AGE session on “Binary bind:” deconstructing sex and gender dichotomies in archaeological practice, organized by Lara Ghisleni, Emily Fioccoprile and Alexis Jordan, has been published in the September issue of the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. You can find the issue as a whole at at springer as well as the online view-only link for the introduction.

    Congratulations to María Ángeles Querol Fernández!

    The 17th European Archaeological Heritage Prize has been awarded to María Ángeles Querol Fernández and Martin Oswald Hugh Carver. María Ángeles Querol Fernández, who has been nominated for the European Archaeological Heritage Prize by AGE, got the award for her pioneering, persistent and ongoing achievements within the development of archaeology as an academic discipline at Spanish universities, the reformation and decentralization of the Spanish heritage administration, and the development of high ethical standards for archaeological practice.

    The whole laudatio can be found at the webpage of the EAA.

    About us

    The proposal for a EAA working party on Gender and Archaeology in Europe arises from the EAA session Gender, Identity and Materiality celebrated in Malta 2008.

    The first official action of the current party has been the organization of a round table session by the same name on “Gender and Archaeology in Europe” in the 2009 EAA meeting. In tune with our goals we invited young speakers from seven different European countries in Europe to present their views on the professional situation of professional women archaeologists working in Europe and their views on what gender archaeology should be.

    After that, AGE organized sessions on various topic at each EAA Annual Meeting as well as other conferences. Details can be find at the page actions.

    Disclaimer: views expressed on this EAA-community website are not necessarily those of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA).

    Area of concern

    The working party has as its area of concern the discussion of Gender issues in European archaeology, where gender is considered both as a structural element to be studied in the past and as influencing research in the present. It will thus address the study and understanding of gender arrangements in the past and the study and understanding of how current gender systems affect archaeology as an academic and professional practice.