Archaeology and Gender in Europe

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

If you want to join us, please write to join@archaeology-gender-europe.org or contact one of the board members

AGE at the 26th Virtual Annual Meeting of the EAA, 26.-30. August 2020

Please note: Due to the ongoing Pandemic, the EAA Annual Meeting in Budapest was cancelled. Instead, the 26th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists will take place online. For more information, please visit https://www.e-a-a.org//EAA2020virtual

The successful session proposals for EAA 2020 have been announced on the website of the conference. The call for papers has opened at the 18th December 2019 and ended on 13 February 2020.

There will be four AGE-sponsored sessions at EAA 2020. These are as follows:

  • Session ID 367: Not another 25 years! Combatting harassment and assault in archaeology. Organized by Laura Coltofean-Arizancu and Ingrid Berg.

  • Session ID 382: The place of queer theory in current archaeological debates: All T, no Shade? Organized by Bo Jensen and Uroš Matić.

  • Session ID 385: To gender or not to gender? Exploring gender variations through time and space. Organized by Bisserka Gaydarska, Katharina Rebay-Salisbury, Paz Ramirez-Valiente and Jana Fries.

  • Session ID 424: Gender and archaeology for non-specialist audiences. Organized by Clara Masriera-Esquerra, Paloma González-Marcén, Karen Dempsey, Ana Cristina Martins and Erica Angliker.


  • 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.

    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.