Akshay Sarathi spoke on The Archaeology of Gender in the CBPS office on 1 September 2015

Akshay Sarathi is a graduate student of Anthropology (Archaeology) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on thev exploitation of faunal resources on the island of Unguja (Zanzibar) in the Later Stone Age. In his talk, Akshay Sarathi focused on some of the methods and models archaeologists have adopted for the study of gender. He suggested that without the aid of written texts or artistic depictions, studies of gender tend to be limited to conceptions of gender being tied to biology. However, with more evidence of how gender is understood on a cultural scale, gender need not be limited to biology. Even in the latter case, however, biases and predispositions concerning gendered roles make many studies of gender controversial, as does an abandonment of the scientific method by many archaeologists beginning in the 1990s. Through his talk, he showcased some examples of this, in the archaeology of gender.