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Paz Ramirez Valiente
My PhD research focuses on the study of anthropomorphic figurines from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age in the island of Crete. The methodological approach applied to the material are archaeological… read more
My PhD research focuses on the study of anthropomorphic figurines from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age in the island of Crete. The methodological approach applied to the material are archaeological theories on gender, body, identity and personhood.
Anthropological and archaeological theorisations of personhood have argued that the individual, which is characteristic of contemporary Western societies, is not a universal, natural form of person. The influential work of Strathern (1988) in Melanesia who argued that in those societies persons are considered as unstable and dividual forms of identity bounded by the diverse relationships within the community, rather than defined as stable, fixed individuals. The archaeology of the body considers the body as a cultural construction relatively autonomous from biology. Considering that the body is historically specific and changes depending on the context, I propose to analyse and compare different aspects of the figurines from Crete with other surrounding areas. The aim is to obtain major trends that explain self-perception of the Cretan communities in the past.