Was It a Man’s World? Gender Relationships at the Transition to the Bronze Age in Cyprus

Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean satellite image. Source: NASA, The Visible Earth

Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean satellite image. Source: NASA, The Visible Earth

Near Eastern Archaeology 79:3 (2016) article, “Was It a Man’s World? Gender Relationships at the Transition to the Bronze Age in Cyprus,” by University of Cyprus Department of History and Archaeology research associate and Hellenic Open University adjunct lecturer, Maria Mina.

This article examines whether the apparently equitable gender relationships of the Chalcolithic period in Cyprus were replaced by gender inequality in the Bronze Age. The discussion critiques the axioms (assumptions, really) that underlie the idea that technological advancement brings gender inequality while considering some of the data for gender relations in Early Bronze Age Cyprus.


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