6. Sex and Gender in Bioarchaeological Research

Theory, Method, and Interpretation

  1. Sabrina C. Agarwal B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D.2 and
  2. Bonnie A. Glencross B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.3
  1. Sandra E. Hollimon Ph.D.

Published Online: 27 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390537.ch6

Social Bioarchaeology

Social Bioarchaeology

How to Cite

Hollimon, S. E. (2011) Sex and Gender in Bioarchaeological Research, in Social Bioarchaeology (eds S. C. Agarwal and B. A. Glencross), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390537.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of California Berkeley, USA

  2. 3

    Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada

Author Information

  1. Behavioral Sciences Department of Santa Rosa Junior College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 28 JAN 2011

Book Series:

  1. Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology

Book Series Editors:

  1. Lynn Meskell and
  2. Rosemary A. Joyce

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191876

Online ISBN: 9781444390537



  • social identity - bioarchaeology of sex, gender, ethnicity and disability;
  • sex and gender in bioarchaeological research - theory, method and interpretation;
  • gender, one of many axes of identity - involved in construction of personhood;
  • culturally constructed methods of sex determination - interpretations of bioarchaeological data;
  • bridging, theoretical and methodological divides - science-based osteology, socially informed archaeological interpretation;
  • musculoskeletal stress markers (MSMs) - bone remodeling due to repetitive motions;
  • degenerative joint disease (DJD), pathological condition - in reconstructing past activities;
  • musculoskeletal stress markers (MSMs) - activity-induced pathology;
  • queer studies of past cultures - normative and deviant, defined;
  • bioarchaeologists, studies of social identities - those based on health status, age, sex and gender


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Theoretical Issues: Relationships Between/Among Sex and Gender

  • Major Research Themes

  • Future Research

  • Acknowledgments

  • References