The Women of Brassempouy: A Century of Research and Interpretation

  title={The Women of Brassempouy: A Century of Research and Interpretation},
  author={Randall White},
  journal={Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory},
  • R. White
  • Published 30 November 2006
  • History
  • Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory
The discovery of female figurines at Brassempouy in the 1890's would launch more than a century of debate and interpretation concerning Paleolithic representations of women. The figurines emerged from the ground into a colonial intellectual and socio-political context nearly obsessed with matters of race. This early racial interpretive frame would only be replaced in the mid 20th century, when prehistorians turned to questions such as fertility and womanhood.The first figurines were discovered… 

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