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The CECD is an AHRC funded research group dedicated to examining the evolutionary underpinnings of human cultural behaviour, past and present. more>

   
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Phase 1: Ecological dimensions of cultural evolution: Project 006
The archaeology of sex and gender

SUPERVISOR: - Stephen Shennan

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PROJECT ABSTRACT:
Archaeological analyses of the evidence for sex and gender in the past have assumed that it is explicable in terms of specific local social and cultural factors. However, evolutionary analyses of ethnographic and historical patterns of sex and gender variation suggest that there are more general factors involved relating to variations in male and female reproductive strategies. We propose to analyse a variety of archaeological evidence from this perspective, looking particularly at patterns of variation in male and female ornamentation as seen in grave goods and other information sources.

This project is currently inactive. If you are an interested graduate or prospective graduate student at University College London or Southampton University, and would potentially like to work on this project, please contact the CEACB.