Representing a Past: A Historical Analysis of how Gender Biases Influence the Interpretation of Archaeological Remains

Saliha Chattoo

Abstract


The cultural and temporal context that any archaeologist is a part of will necessarily bias the way in which he or she interprets material remains. While interpretation is a crucial part of the archaeological process, the preconceived notions an archaeologist may hold can colour their interpretation of the society in question. Through examples such as the excavations at Knossos in Crete, the effect such biases can have on archaeological interpretation and discourse is studied.

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