Thesis title: Dress and gender in Iron Age Italy
My research explores the connection between dress and social identity in Iron Age Italy. Burials from the necropolis of Osteria dell'Osa (in modern Lazio) offer a wealth of information on mortuary dress and ornament, despite the almost complete absence of evidence for textiles. Fibulae, pins, rings, studs and jewellery provide clues about the appearance of clothing in the ninth and eighth centuries BCE, and in combination with anthropological data, help us to understand the construction of gender and other social identities. The evidence of dress suggests that concepts of “femaleness” and “maleness” transcended biological sex to build more complex identities that were shaped by age and social status.