- Introduction: The Bronze Age of Europe
- Old Father Time: The Bronze Age Chronology of Western Europe
- Europe 2500 to 2200 BC: Between Expiring Ideologies and Emerging Complexity
- A Little Bit of History Repeating Itself: Theories on the Bell Beaker Phenomenon
- Bronze Age Settlements
- Hoards and the Deposition of Metalwork
- Monuments and Monumentality in Bronze Age Europe
- The Contribution of Skeletal Isotope Analysis to Understanding the Bronze Age in Europe
- The Myth of the Chief: Prestige Goods, Power, and Personhood in the European Bronze Age
- Identity, Gender, and Dress in the European Bronze Age
- Warfare in the European Bronze Age
- Rethinking Bronze Age Cosmology: A North European Perspective
- Bronze Age Rock Art in Northern Europe: Contexts and Interpretations
- Rock Carvings and Alpine Statue-Menhirs, from the Chalcolithic to the Middle Bronze Age
- Bronze Age Fieldsand Land Division
- Animals in Bronze Age Europe
- Plant Cultivation in the Bronze Age
- Trade and Exchange
- Seafaring and Riverine Navigation in the Bronze Age of Europe
- Land Transport in the Bronze Age
- Copper and Bronze: Bronze Age Metalworking in Context
- Bronze Age Coppermining in Europe
- Gold and Gold Working of the Bronze Age
- Craft Production: Ceramics, Textiles, and Bone
- Glass and Faience
- Salt Production in the Bronze Age
- Weighing, Commodification, and Money
Abstract and Keywords
This article is concerned with the manner in which material culture becomes involved in the creation of identity, and shows how gender becomes externalised and encounterable as separate and distinct from sex. It enumerates the various identities that were present during the Bronze Age, including the warrior and the smith. The article then considers the relationship between dress and identity, and notes the changes that occurred during the Bronze Age which helped show clear gender associations, such as the different treatments of the deceased body.
Marie Louise Stig Sørensen is a Senior Lecturer in Prehistoric Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge. Her teaching and research focus on the two fields of Bronze Age Europe and Cultural Heritage Management. She has published extensively on gender, including Gender Archaeology (2000, Polity Press), and has explored ideas about identity and gender through different types of evidence from Bronze Age Europe, including dress and burials. She is currently publishing recent research on the change from inhumation to cremation burials in Bronze Age Europe investigating how the data may give access to changing attitudes to the body.
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