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Bodies in Motion: Narratives and Counter Narratives of Gendered Mobility in European Later Prehistory

Published on Nov 28, 2019in Norwegian Archaeological Review
· DOI :10.1080/00293652.2019.1697355
Catherine Frieman6
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(ANU: Australian National University),
Anne Teather1
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(University of Manchester),
Chelsea Morgan1
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(ANU: Australian National University)
Abstract
Normative notions of sex and gender were prevalent in discussion of European prehistoric societies until the last quarter of the 20th century. The progressive work that challenged a binary approach...
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