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The invisible sex : uncovering the true roles of women in prehistory
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  • The invisible sex : uncovering the true roles of women in prehistory
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  • Smithsonian Books : Collins, New York : 2007
  • 2007
  • Språk: Engelska.
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  • 1st Smithsonian books ed.
Physical Description
  • xv, 302 s. : ill., karta ; 24 cm
Bibliography, etc. Note
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [283]-290) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
  • Authors' preface -- Introduction -- The stories we have been told -- Origins -- The importance of being upright -- Who brought home the bacon? -- Gray matter and language -- The road to Thoroughly Modern Millie -- Leaving the African cradle -- Almost altogether truly modern humans -- The fashioning of women -- Peopling the world -- Cakes, fish, and matrilineality -- Seamstresses of the far North -- Settling down in America -- The agricultural evolution -- Conclusion : Not invisible after all.
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  • Challenges popular beliefs that prehistoric women filled sideline roles in prehistoric times, drawing on recent research to reveal how women developed tools that were key to survival and played a central role in human language and social development.
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  • Online version: Adovasio, J. M. Invisible sex. 1st Smithsonian books ed. New York : Smithsonian Books : Collins, 2007
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  • Contributor biographical information http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0911/2006050582-b.html
  • Publisher description http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0911/2006050582-d.html
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  • 0-06-117091-7
  • 978-0-06-117091-1
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Shaped by cartoons and museum dioramas, our vision of Paleolithic times tends to feature fur-clad male hunters fearlessly attacking mammoths while timid women hover fearfully behind a boulder. In fact, recent research has shown that this vision bears little relation to reality.

The field of archaeology has changed dramatically in the past two decades, as women have challenged their male colleagues' exclusive focus on hard artifacts such as spear points rather than tougher to find evidence of women's work. J. M. Adovasio and Olga Soffer are two of the world's leading experts on perishable artifacts such as basketry, cordage, and weaving. In The Invisible Sex, the authors present an exciting new look at prehistory, arguing that women invented all kinds of critical materials, including the clothing necessary for life in colder climates, the ropes used to make rafts that enabled long-distance travel by water, and nets used for communal hunting. Even more important, women played a central role in the development of language and social life--in short, in our becoming human. In this eye-opening book, a new story about women in prehistory emerges with provocative implications for our assumptions about gender today.

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