Intimate Identities: Archaeological Investigations of Nineteenth Century Sexuality

Author(s): Katrina Eichner

Year: 2014


Through a focus on material remains of sexual identity and activity, archaeologists can gain access into an often overlooked part of daily life in the past. The examination of nineteenth century sexuality and its material signatures, specifically those related to health practices and self-presentation, allows for a more holistic understanding of social relationships in the past. Specifically focusing on the practices of prostitution, courtship, and family building, this paper looks to highlight how sexual interaction is visible with in the material record at both the household and the broader community level. Moreover, this paper will discuss why the consideration of past sexualities is important in future archaeological studies despite this topic’s risqué reputation in today’s modern society.

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Intimate Identities: Archaeological Investigations of Nineteenth Century Sexuality. Katrina Eichner. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437006)

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): SYM-46,02