Anthropology | The Archaeology of Sex
P215 | 26754 | Alt

How people lived and related to each other is an important part of
archaeological inquiry, and sex has always been integral to human
relations.  In the present, we tend to view sex as a private and
natural part of human interaction and then sex is often presented as a
biological function, necessary, and enjoyable. But did/do people
always see things this way? We may all recognize that people have
different ideas about sex and sexuality, and that such things are
often culturally motivated, but to what extent can sex and sexuality
be affected by culture and tradition? What evidence is there for
sexual practices and beliefs in the past? An important part of our
inquiry in this class is to interrogate how well material culture may
or may not represent past attitudes and practices as they pertain to sex.