Identifying Ancient Egyptian constructions of gender
Following Sørensen, it should be noted that we can excavate sexed bodies, but cannot excavate gender. Gender is a dynamic in social relations, interlinked with life-cycle variables such as age and, in stratified societies, social stratum.
Research into gender in ancient Egypt involves the attempt, through archaeology and philology, to understand how Egyptian society opened doors and built walls for its individual members, differentiated according to that society's perception of their sexed bodies. The different sources provide varied data for this research. The data from each source type feed back into an integrated account of the constructions and operations of sameness and differences through Ancient Egyptian history.
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