Archaeology and Anthropology

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Exploring Sex and Gender in Bioarchaeology

Edited by Sabrina C. Agarwal
Edited by Julie K. Wesp

This volume brings together the latest approaches in bioarchaeology in the study of sex and gender. Archaeologists have long used skeletal remains to identify gender. Contemporary bioarchaeologists, however, have begun to challenge the theoretical and methodological basis for sex assignment from the skeleton. Simultaneously, they have started to consider the cultural construction of the gendered body and gender roles, recognizing the body as uniquely fashioned from the interaction of biological, social, and environmental factors. As the contributors to this volume reveal, combining skeletal data with contextual information can provide a richer understanding of life in the past.


Sabrina C. Agarwal is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the coeditor of Bone Loss and Osteoporosis: An Anthropological Perspective and Social Bioarchaeology as well as founder and coeditor in chief of Bioarchaeology International.

Julie K. Wesp is a professorial lecturer in the department of anthropology at American University. She is a contributor to New Developments in the Bioarchaeology of Care: Further Case Studies and Expanded Theory.

6 x 9 in. 312 pages 40 figs., 1 map, 6 tables