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ANAHITA December 1999

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Re: Young citation

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Allison Nies <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 28 Dec 1999 10:56:15 -0800

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Isn't is true that the older generations of archaeologists
did some very sloppy work when excavating burial grounds.
They did not examine the skeletons to see if they were male
or female.  They usually assumed that if there were rich
burial goods next to the skeletal remains, then that person
must have been male and a chief.  Today, archaeologists have the
techniques to examine the pelvic bones and determine the
sex and the number of children the female may have had, if
it was a woman.  This means the results of archaeological
digs from the first part of this century are unreliable about
the status of men and women.

Something else feminists and other critics of academic archaeologists
need to consider is:  perhaps patriarchy is the aberrant type of
social structure.  Feminists seem to have missed the important
findings of current research that show the egalitarian role
that women played in pre-historic human societies. These early
homo-sapien societies lasted for 50,000 to 100,000 years. I think
this egalitarian structure to human society is the "norm."

Feminists need to re-phrase the question.  The question is not
"Why can't you find any matriarchies in previous historical
human societies?"  The question should be why did human social
structure veer away from egalitarian form and go down this
strange path called "patriarchy."  Patriarchy has only been in
existance for 3 or 4 thousand years.  Why do we assume it re-
presents the norm?

Allison
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