Female microhistorical archaeology

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Microhistory is a part of historical research that focuses on the behaviours, practices, and perceptions of individuals and small communities, locating them in social, economic, and cultural frameworks. Although archaeology has already focused on similar attempts, microarchaeology seldom takes a female perspective. This article aims to discuss how microhistory can be used in historical archaeology, engendering past narratives, those which are usually so difficult to find from historical documents and archaeological sites, and introducing the concept of the ego-artefact, the artefacts we know to have belonged to specific people and which are almost biographical. By doing this analysis, we are individually reconstructing past narratives while including these stories in macronarratives.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20220352
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalOpen Archaeology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • Microhistorical archaeology
  • Women’s social roles
  • Ego-artefacts


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