Fifteen years after their original contribution to the archaeology of gender, Karen Olsen Bruhns and Karen E. Stothert have released a second edition of their classic synthesis, Women in Ancient America. This volume chronicles archaeological knowledge of women and gender roles among the indigenous peoples of North and South America, from their arrival in the New World through the immediate aftermath of the European conquest. The new edition includes additions to the glossary, updated references, a new theory section, and an emphasis on the growth of this subfield in archaeological study. Bruhns and Stothert are well-known experts on this topic, having published original research on gender in archaeology since the 1980s. Those who appreciated the first edition’s organization by topic (such as “women and religion” or “women and power”), rather than by geography or archaeological culture, will be happy to see...
Melissa Vogel; Women in Ancient America, 2nd ed.. Ethnohistory 1 April 2016; 63 (2): 435–436. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00141801-3455539
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