Archaeology as space technology: Digging for gender and class in holy land Mananne Sawicki Abstract Contemporary archaeology offers three methodological options: the classl- cal, the processual or scientific, and the post-processual. I propose a stance of "chastened realism" that integrates aspects of all three options toward a program for recovering information about non-élite sectors of ancient so- cieties, and particularly for reconstructing their systems of gender, kinship, and labour The discipline of archaeology manipulates space in the effort to understand it. However the space that one seeks to understand - that is, to manage epistemologically - is space that already has undergone material, logical, and ideological management. Archaeology in the mode of "chas- tened realism" is a reflective technique for understanding multiply managed space. Examples taken from gender archaeology as conducted in the Amer- leas suggest how questions of gender and economic organization might be investigated in Israel, with particular attention to the city of Sepphorts in Galilee in the era of the Gospels and the Mishnah (1-2 century C.E.). Humanities and social sciences share uneasy dominion over their common fields of evidence: behaviours, texts, and matenal culture. No longer can you tell the humanists from the scientists
Method & Theory in the Study of Religion – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1994
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