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By Traci Ardren

The flood of archaeological paintings in Maya lands has revolutionized our knowing of gender in old Maya society. The dozen participants to this quantity use quite a lot of methodological strategies—archaeology, bioarchaeology, iconography, ethnohistory, epigraphy, ethnography—to tease out the main points of the lives, activities, and identities of girls of Mesoamerica. The chapters, such a lot established upon contemporary fieldwork in principal the US, learn the function of girls in Maya society, their position within the political hierarchy and lineage constructions, the gendered department of work, and the discrepancy among idealized Mayan womanhood and the day-by-day fact, between different issues. In each one case, the complexities and nuances of gender relatives is highlighted and the restrictions of our wisdom said. those items characterize a major improve within the figuring out of Maya socioeconomic, political, and cultural life—and the archaeology of gender—and may be of serious curiosity to students and students.

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