Universität Wien

060071 SE Gender and kinship in prehistoric archaeology (2023W)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The first seminar will take place Wednesday, 11.10.2023 10:30 - 12:00 in Seminarraum 13, Franz-Klein-Gasse 1, 4.OG A4.22.

Wednesday 11.10. 10:30 - 12:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Wednesday 18.10. 10:30 - 12:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Wednesday 25.10. 10:30 - 12:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Wednesday 08.11. 10:30 - 12:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Wednesday 15.11. 10:30 - 12:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Wednesday 22.11. 10:30 - 12:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Wednesday 29.11. 10:30 - 12:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Wednesday 06.12. 10:30 - 12:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Wednesday 13.12. 10:30 - 12:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Wednesday 10.01. 10:30 - 12:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Wednesday 17.01. 10:30 - 12:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Wednesday 24.01. 10:30 - 12:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Wednesday 31.01. 10:30 - 12:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this seminar, students will examine interdisciplinary approaches to study gender and kinship in prehistoric archaeology. Students will learn the different theoretical notions of these two key concepts in the social organization of any group, as well as methods based on isotope, peptide and genetic analyses. They will be also offered a broader vision of kinship models based on ethnographic observations. The seminar will be a mix of teach-led presentations and discussions, guided reading and case studies. Students will lead weekly discussions on case-study presentations. The chronological and geographic scope will range from the Palaeolithic in Eurasia to Iron Age Europe. The aim is to bridge science-based analytical results with archaeological context interpretations, explaining applied methods and social/humanistic question, and discuss the implications for our understanding of the past in a written research paper and oral presentation. During this process, students will learn the skills necessary for producing scientific presentations and research papers, including lecture presentation style, writing abstracts and outlines, and the parts of a scientific paper.

Students will be expected to:
- Participate in in-class activities and discussions
- Select an individual topic of research from criteria provided by the instructors
- Perform independent research on the selected topic
- Give a presentation on the selected topic
- Give and receive feedback on their research and presentation from peers and instructors
- Write a final paper on the selected topic of research

Participation in lectures, discussions and workshops, critical study of literature, and independent development of research.

Assessment and permitted materials

The seminar will be held entirely in English. Assessment is based on participation and completion of assignments, individual presentations, and a final written paper.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

This is a course with continuous assessment, i.e. compulsory attendance and active participation throughout. Two non-excused cases of absence are permitted. Foreseeable non-attendance or absence must be announced by e-mail to katharina.rebay-salisbury@univie.ac.at.
Active participation and completion of assignments: 30%
Presentation (30 min): 30%
Final written paper (ca. 5000 words excl. bibliography, tables and figure/table captions): 40%
The final paper is due on 31 January 2024.
The assessment will be points-based, 100 points is the maximum score.
100-87= 1 (very good), 86-75=2 (good), 74-63=3 (fair), 62-51= 3 (sufficient), 50-0= (fail)

Examination topics

No final exam is planned.

Reading list

Required readings for the course will include journal papers, book chapters, and books. A detailed reading list will be made available on Moodle. You might find the following reading useful to get started:

Cintas Peña, M. and Herrero Corral, A.M. 2020. Missing prehistoric women? Sex ratio as an indicator
for analyzing the population of Iberia from the 8th to the 3rd millennia B.C. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 12: 263.
Coltofean-Arizancu, L., Gaydarska, B., and Matić, U. (eds) 2021. Gender stereotypes in archaeology. A short reflection in image and text. Leiden: Sidestone Press.
Haak, W., Brandt, G., de Jong, H. N., Meyer, C., Ganslmeier, R., Heyd, V., Hawkesworth, C., Pike, A. W., Meller, H., and Alt, K. W. 2008. Ancient DNA, Strontium isotopes, and osteological analyses shed light on social and kinship organization of the Later Stone Age. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 105, 47: 18226–31.
Mittnik, A., Massy, K., Knipper, C., Wittenborn, F., Pfrengle, S., Carlichi-Witjes, N., Deeg, H., Furtwängler, A., Harbeck, M., von Heyking, K., Kociumaka, C., Kucukkalipci, I., Lindauer, S., Metz, S., Staskiewicz, A., Thiel, A., Wahl, J., Haak, W., Pernicka, E., Schiffels, S., Stockhammer, P. W., and Krause, J. 2019. Kinship-based social inequality in Bronze Age Europe. Science 366, 6466: 731-734.
Rebay-Salisbury, K., Bortel, P., Janker, L., Bas, M., Pany-Kucera, D., Salisbury, R. B., Gerner, C., and Kanz, F. 2022. Gendered burial practices of early Bronze Age children align with peptide-based sex identification: A case study from Franzhausen I, Austria. Journal of Archaeological Science 139: 105549.
Rebay-Salisbury, K., Janker, L., Pany-Kucera, D., Schuster, D., Spannagl-Steiner, M., Waltenberger, L., Salisbury, R. B., and Kanz, F. 2020. Child murder in the Early Bronze Age: proteomic sex identification of a cold case from Schleinbach, Austria. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 12, 11: 265.
Soriano, I., Herrero Corral, A.M., Garrido Pena, R. and Majó, T. 2021. Sex/gender system and social hierarchization in Bell Beaker burials from Iberia. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 64: 101335.
Villalba‐Mouco, V., Oliart, C., Rihuete‐Herrada, C., Rohrlach, A.B., Fregeiro, M.I., Childebayeva, A., Ringbauer, H., Olalde, I., Celdrán Beltrán, E., Puello‐Mora, C., Valério, M., Krause, J., Lull, V., Micó, R., Risch, R. and Haak, W. 2022. Kinship practices in the early state El Argar society from Bronze Age Iberia. Scientific Reports 12: 22415.

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