Upper Paleolithic Venus Figurines and Interpretations of Prehistoric Gender Representations

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Title
Upper Paleolithic Venus Figurines and Interpretations of Prehistoric Gender Representations
Author
Kaylea R Vandewettering
Faculty Sponsor
Robin Smith
Abstract
<p>Interpretations of Upper Paleolithic Venus figurines pose an interesting challenge for archaeologists. Scholars who have studied these prehistoric representations of the female form have reached a variety of conclusions that may be better seen as a reflection of modern sociocultural values and ideals than being representative of the peoples who made the Venuses. I argue that by transposing our own ideals onto the Venus figurines, we act as colonizers and appropriators of the past. Reviewing archaeological literature regarding the Venuses, we gain a sense of the strengths and weaknesses of current approaches to interpreting representations of gender. These lessons serve as a starting point for constructing archaeological methods of interpreting representations of gender and gender relations in a way that more accurately reflects the ancient peoples who crafted these figurines.</p>
Subject
Archaeological Anthropology; Other Feminist
Gender
and Sexuality Studies
Upper Paleolithic
Venus figurines
gender
feminist archeology
Goddess movement
Rights
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Type
Text
volume
4
Date Published
5/29/2015
Note
Robin Smith
Alternative Title
Upper Paleolithic Venus Figurines: Interpreting Gender
Identifier
pure/vol4/iss1/7
Language
eng