Tulane University
Anthropology 332-01/732-01
Spring 2007
Chris Rodning

This course is an introduction to how archaeologists study the gender roles and identities of men, women, and children in past societies, and the ideologies underlying gender differences. Anthropologists have identified great diversity in the lives of men, women, and children in different cultures. Gender differences are very often related to the age and biological sex of individuals, but there is considerable cultural variation in the kinds of tasks, leadership roles, and ritual practices that members of different gender groups perform. Readings, lectures, and class discussions in this course consider the ways in which the study of graves, architecture, pottery, stone tools, rock art, and other kinds of archaeological evidence contribute to knowledge about the practice of gender in the past. Students in this course will read several case studies that demonstrate archaeological approaches to the topic of gender. Each student will write a term paper on a topic of his or her choice.

This class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 to 12:15 at the Middle American Research Institute (MARI) on the fourth floor of Dinwiddie Hall, and graduate students will also meet once each week for the graduate seminar component of this course from 12:30 to 1:30 at MARI.

Office hours are Fridays 10-12 or by appointment at 1326 Audubon.

Chris Rodning

Tulane University
Department of Anthropology



Required textbooks for all students in this course are Traci Ardren's Ancient Maya Women, Susan Kent's Gender in African Prehistory, and Katheryn Linduff and Yan Sun's Gender and Chinese Archaeology. Graduate students will also be required to read Patricia Crown's Women and Men in the Prehispanic Southwest. Additional readings will be made available on Blackboard. Printouts of articles are also available in the main office of the Department of Anthropology at 1326 Audubon Street, which is open on weekdays from 8AM to 4PM, and which is located close to the Newcomb Child Care Center and the Army ROTC Building.


Students will write term papers on topics they choose. Midterm and final exams will also be given.


Chris Rodning Tulane University Department of Anthropology 2 February 2007