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In Bronze Age gender systems, gender was mostly binary, associated with stable, lifelong identities expressed in recurrent complexes of gendered symbolism. In contrast, Neolithic gender appears to have been less firmly associated with personal identity and more contextually relevant; it slips easily through our methodological nets.
In proposing this contextual gender model for Neolithic gender, we both open up new understandings of gender in the past and present and pose significant questions for our models of gender more widely.
In Engendering Archaeology: Women and Prehistory, edited by Gero, Joan M.