Rosemary Joyce

PhD (University of Illinois-Urbana)
Professor, University of California, Berkeley
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Rosemary Joyce is a professor of anthropology at UC Berkeley and an archaeologist who has conducted fieldwork in Honduras since 1977. Her research interests include ceramic analysis, household archaeology, and sex, gender and the body, interests unified under the heading of social archaeology, not coincidentally the title of a journal of which she is a founding editor.

Rosemary has a column called What Makes Us Human in Psychology Today, and she blogs regularly on her website, Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives. She would like to be known for changing fixed ideas about sex and gender, but is resigned to being known for her work on the early history of chocolate.


There has never been a single way that social life has been organized by sex.

The ancient Greeks saw men and women as expressing varying degrees of a single sexual potential; many Native American societies considered sexual identity as something that changed and developed during a lifetime, and recognized three or four categories of sexual identity.

Ranging …

This volume provides the first critical examination of the relationship between archaeology and language, analysing the rhetorical practices through which archaeologists create representations of the past.

Gender was a fluid potential, not a fixed category, before the Spaniards came to Mesoamerica. Childhood training and ritual shaped, but did not set, adult gender, which could encompass third genders and alternative sexualities as well as "male" and "female." At the height of the Classic period, Maya rulers presented themselves as embodying the entire range of gender possibilities, from male …

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