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COSWA Corner

Mary Ann Levine and Rita Wright

In this column, we inform our readers of an increasing number of available resources related to equity issues for women in archaeology as well as archaeological interpretations of gender. We specifically feature two fast-growing and invaluable sources of information: video and web-based resources. Although the compilations that follow are not meant to be exhaustive, they are fairly comprehensive. For example, please note that for the Internet resources listed, most links from gender search sites are not included as these are easily reached through the search site itself. We thank Christine K. Kimbrough (NYU) for her assistance in assembling the list of Web-based resources. We also would like to take this opportunity to report that we have developed our very own COSWA web site and plan to unveil it very shortly!

Video Resources

The Chilly Climate (1991, 28 minutes) exposes through interviews the subtle discriminatory practices which create a climate "chilly to the point of toxicity" for women employed in Canadian colleges and universities. Interviews reveal the cumulative effects of behaviors ranging from exclusion and isolation to harassment and violence which negatively affect the workplace and attempt to prohibit women from achieving their full academic potential. This video also explores strategies for improving the climate and promoting feminist research. The video comes with a facilitator's manual, "Warming the Environment," which includes exercises to provoke discussion, solutions to difficulties facilitators may experience, and pertinent statistics. For information on how to rent or purchase this video-based educational package, call the Department of Equity Services at the University of Western Ontario at (519) 661-3334.

Secrets Underground: Archaeologist Patty Jo Watson (1995, 60 minutes) is part of a six-hour public television series, "Discovering Women," which profiled internationally recognized women in scientific fields. The series sought to encourage young women to consider a career in science by demystifying the nature of scientific work and illustrating the process of becoming a scientist. This episode provides a historical overview of Watson's life and highlights her many significant contributions to the field, including her work on gender roles and the origins of agriculture.

Siberian Ice Maiden (1998, 60 minutes) is part of the three-part PBS series, "Ice Mummies." This video documents the discovery of the mummified remains of a woman who lived some 2,400 years ago in the Pazyryk Culture of the high steppes of Siberia. Her tattooed remains, which were found in association with six decorated horses and a symbolic meal for her last journey, are utilized to discuss the role and power of women among the nomadic tribes of ancient Siberia.

 

 

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Web-Based Resources

Search Sites: (use "gender" as search term)

  • Argos: Limited Area Search of the Ancient and Medieval World
    argos.evansville.edu

  • Voice of the Shuttle
    humanitas.ucsb.edu/shuttle/gender.html

  • The Mining Company
    archaeology.miningco.com

  • Diotima: Materials for the Study of Gender in the Ancient World www.uky.edu/ArtsSciences/Classics/gender.html

  • Ancient World Web
    www.julen.net

  • Anthropology Resources on the Internet
    home.worldnet.fr/clist/Anthro/index.html

Link Lists:

  • Women and Education Links
    www.tiac.net/users/sojourn/education.html

  • Gender-Related Electronic Forums
    www-unix.umbc.edu/%7Ekorenman/wmst/forums.html

  • Femina
    femina.cybergrrl.com

  • Archaeologic: Gender Issues
    archaeologic.com/gender_issues.htm

Bibliographies:

  • Women in the Ancient Near East: A Select Bibliography of Recent Sources in the Oriental Institute Research Archives
    www-oi.uchicago.edu/OI/DEPT/RA/WOMEN.HTML

  • Gender in the West
    frank.mtsu.edu/~kmiddlet/history/women/
    reviews/genderwest-rev.txt

  • Gender Archaeology and Women in Archaeology in the Southwest
    www.swanet.org/gender.html

  • Women in the Ancient Near East
    www.york.ac.uk/services/library/subjects/women/
    bibliographies/near-east.htm

  • Gender Archaeology: A Bibliography by Kelly Hays-Gilpin and Susan Carroll Roberts
    www.nau.edu/~wst/access/anth/biblio.htm

  • Women's Studies Database Biblio-graphies
    www.inform.umd.edu/EdRes/Topic/
    WomensStudies/Bibliographies

Organizations:

  • American Association of University Women
    www.aauw.org

  • Women's Network in Archaeology
    www.uni-koeln.de/~a1008/naafweb1.html

  • International Federation of University Women
    www.ifuw.org

  • Women in Higher Education (monthly newsletter)
    www.itis.com/wihe/

  • American Anthropological Association Women's Rights and Women in Development Bibliography
    www.ameranthassn.org/WOMEN.HTM

  • Academic Employment of Women in Anthropology
    www.ameranthassn.org/BURTON.HTM

  • COSWA (of the AAA)
    www.ameranthassn.org/COSWA.HTM

  • The Status of Women (especially anthropologists) in Universities: Some Notes and Bibliography
    www.ameranthassn.org/STATUS.HTM

  • American Anthropological Association Statement on Violence Against Women Act
    www.ameranthassn.org/VIOLENCE.HTM

  • Association for Feminist Anthropology
    www.ameranthassn.org/AFA.HTM

Additional Sites:

  • 9000 Years of Anatolian Women
    www.turknet.com/ninethousand/index.html

  • Excursis III: The Status of Women in Ancient Egyptian Society
    www.library.nwu.edu/class/history/B94/B94women.html

  • Sinai Bedouin Women
    www.sherryart.com/women/bedouin.html

  • Women in Nubia
    www.msstate.edu/Archives/History/USA/Afro-Amer/women in Nubia

  • Bettina Arnold's Home Page
    www.uwm.edu/People/barnold/thome.html

  • Women and Gender in Ancient Egypt
    www.umich.edu/~kelsey/Exhibits/WomenandGender/title.html

  • Exploring Gender through Archaeology (online book)
    www.anthro.appstate.edu/ebooks/gender/toc.html

  • The Fifth Archaeology and Gender Conference Home Page
    www.uwm.edu/People/barnold/gender.html. ·

Mary Ann Levine, a member of COSWA, is assistant professor of anthropology at Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania. Rita Wright, chair of COSWA, is associate professor of anthropology at New York University.

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