Re: Nancy Bowles' remarks--gender and archaeology
Nancy Bowles (nrb6@COLUMBIA.EDU)
Thu, 21 Apr 1994 00:16:31 -0400
On Wed, 20 Apr 1994, Alex Barker wrote:
> but human feces are
> a fairly reliable indicator of what at least someone ate in some set of
But who cares what people ate? What we care about is reconstructing
cultural history, right? Not the history of a cultural material. Isn't
this NEW archaeology's whole critique? Trying to get away from shit for
shit sake? I want to know how what people ate tells us something about
their culture without the use of theoretical "leaps." I believe that we can
only do this through analogy which requires theoretical leaps of the same
magnitude regardless to whether you are trying to understand
subsistence or gender.
btw re: your comment about how my arguement:
> stands reality on its head.
I guess I assume that this is my job, because as anthropolgists we know
that "reality" is a social construct, right?
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