Revitalising «gender» as a concept in the Bronze Age discourse

Gender has played a prominent role in Bronze Age research the last decades, and continues to inform the archaeological discourse concerning identities, costume, religious expressions, burials and so on. But has it all been said and done? Has gender as an analytical category outplayed its role in Bronze Age research? Or can new types of information and data sets (e.g. scientific methods such as isotope analysis, DNA, etc as well as well documented settlements and novel understanding of long-distance trade) revitalise discussions on gender since it is now possible to follow the life histories of single, gendered, individuals?

This session seeks to address questions aiming to bridge extraordinary individual, gendered, life histories, and their real-life circumstances – were they travelers spanning large distances across land, farm-dwellers, warriors, sea-farers, and/or all? What part did gender play within these variable social settings? And how may different gendered identities be identified and distinguished within different social arenas, ranging from interregional trade networks to local farms?

Session organisers

Kristin Armstrong Oma

Museum of Archaeology, University of Stavanger


Sophie Bergerbrant

University of Gothenburg


Hilde Fyllingen

Museum of Archaeology, University of Stavanger


Published Oct. 10, 2016 9:01 PM - Last modified Oct. 23, 2016 1:16 PM