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tjj
tjj
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Six Groundbreaking Female Archaeologists ?
Mar 01, 2020, 23:53
https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/learn/histories/women-in-history/six-groundbreaking-female-archaeologists?fbclid=IwAR1tmS3oONO0eTfcF3mms3Ea9Qe_39-YlIbMBLUvFxdlqIz0mvTuxt0AiIs

An interesting article from English Heritage (hope the Eds will allow). I wonder which other female archaeologists of the 20th/21st centuries should be included.

Alice Roberts is an obvious contender (for me) although I believe she is an anthropologist rather than a archaeologist.

Or Mary Beard (in the news today)
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/01/british-museum-put-mary-beard-on-the-board-despite-downing-st-veto?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard&fbclid=IwAR0AFxD4A--rL7Y-BCNFyOW4noKFUZK_4JaI98i646dV2A5FagdE_E4EVbM
moss
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Edited Mar 03, 2020, 11:13
Re: Six Groundbreaking Female Archaeologists ?
Mar 03, 2020, 10:59
Well they have forgotten Jacquetta Hawkes. Excellent writer on the 'archaeological imagination' and she dug as well.
I would have thought nowadays that there was an equality between male and female archaeologists, whilst the earlier female archaeologists often had to come in on the coat tails of their husbands sadly.

As for Mary Beard being punished for her political views, that is of course an absolute disgrace, she seems to have taken it with her usual pinch of humour.
Sanctuary
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Re: Six Groundbreaking Female Archaeologists ?
Mar 03, 2020, 13:03
Hi TJJ and Moss

I think moving into modern times I can only mention lady archaeologist that I know personally and have worked with down here in Cornwall. Reading about them only gives clues to what they were like mainly as archaeologists and not so much as everyday folk as well.

Without a doubt down this neck-of-the-woods it has to be Jacky Nowakowski. Top drawer in my opinion but I will leave it to Jacky herself to fill in the details. She is no longer with the CAU but freelance I believe.

Cheers, Roy

https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/council-news-room/web-stories/read-our-web-stories/international-womens-day-profile-on-our-principal-archaeologist/
thesweetcheat
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Re: Six Groundbreaking Female Archaeologists ?
Mar 03, 2020, 18:34
Enjoyed that, thanks tjj.

Loads of great women archaeos working at the moment, including Sue Greaney who is mentioned in the article - we picked up her revised guide to Carn Euny and Chysauster in the summer.

Probably a bit unfair to single out one of the current multitude of excellence, but I'm a huge fan of Dr Rachel Pope at Liverpool uni, she has been excavating hillforts, particularly the excellent Penycloddiau in the Clwydian hills. She's also a big advocate of women's rights in archaeology, pushing against sexism and workplace harassment which seem regrettably common in that field.

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/archaeology-classics-and-egyptology/staff/rachel-pope/
GLADMAN
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Re: Six Groundbreaking Female Archaeologists ?
Mar 03, 2020, 18:35
Audrey Henshall up in Scotland...........
thesweetcheat
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Re: Six Groundbreaking Female Archaeologists ?
Mar 03, 2020, 19:11
GLADMAN wrote:
Audrey Henshall up in Scotland...........


Great call, her work on chambered tombs is exemplary.

Could add Frances Lynch to that as well.
thesweetcheat
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Re: Six Groundbreaking Female Archaeologists ?
Mar 03, 2020, 19:13
thesweetcheat wrote:
GLADMAN wrote:
Audrey Henshall up in Scotland...........


Great call, her work on chambered tombs is exemplary.

Could add Frances Lynch to that as well.


https://www.bangor.ac.uk/history-philosophy-and-social-sciences/staff/frances-lynch/en
tjj
tjj
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Edited Mar 03, 2020, 23:14
Re: Six Groundbreaking Female Archaeologists ?
Mar 03, 2020, 22:07
moss wrote:
Well they have forgotten Jacquetta Hawkes. Excellent writer on the 'archaeological imagination' and she dug as well.
I would have thought nowadays that there was an equality between male and female archaeologists, whilst the earlier female archaeologists often had to come in on the coat tails of their husbands sadly.

As for Mary Beard being punished for her political views, that is of course an absolute disgrace, she seems to have taken it with her usual pinch of humour.


Thanks for getting the ball rolling on this one Moss.
I've spent the evening reading about the inspirational women mentioned here. Also looking back on my entries for Kilmartin visit back in 2017 as I seem to recall reading an information board relating to Cairnbaan rock art that mentioned a woman (Victorian I think) who undertook a lot of investigations in the area of Scottish rock art - couldn't find anything about her though. Dug out my book by Jean McMann called 'Riddles of the Stone Age' subtitled Rock Carvings of Ancient Europe published in 1980 - she must have been something of a trailblazer but I never see her name mentioned anywhere else.

As a footnote I'm just going to mention Mary Anning and her fossils - not an archaeologist, in fact young and uneducated but another woman who knocked on the door of the male dominated world of science in the 19th century.

Thanks again Moss, Sanctuary, Gladman and thesweetcheat.
Zariadris
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Edited Mar 04, 2020, 20:26
Re: Six Groundbreaking Female Archaeologists ?
Mar 04, 2020, 16:40
Great thread.

In Armenia - no sideshow when it comes to archeology - I would say Emma Khanzadian, who from the 60s-90s oversaw the excavations of several important Bronze Age towns, including the earliest layer of Garni (famous for its classical Mithraic temple) where a Bronze Age statue-menhir known as a 'dragon stone' (vishapakar) was discovered upright with an Iron Age cuneiform inscription added; the entire Bronze-Iron Age settlement of Elar-Darani between Yerevan and Lake Sevan, a massive 'dragon stone' in a Bronze Age burial ground in the village of Lchashen (on the banks of Sevan), and her life's work, the excavation of a spectacular early metallurgical center in the Ararat Valley called Metsamor (as in Brain Donor's "Metsamor (Birthplace of Metal)"), complete with subterranean ironworks, a cemetery with massive stone phallei, and an incredible rock-cut temple/ritual precinct. For many years she had been working on a sweeping study of dragon-stones; a real passion of hers - I remember her showing my wife and me folders full of field work and research shortly before her death during the post-Soviet economic nadir when there was no money to complete such a project. A great shame she never produced it, but those of us presently involved in the study of these megaliths honor her memory.

Another key archeologist is Seda Devedjian, still with us, who has worked dliginetly for decades excavating the magnificent Bronze-Iron Age tomb fields of Lori Berd in the northern climes of the country, publishing a series of outstanding monographs (as has Khanzadian).

Both of these women, whom I had/have the good fortune to know, are counted among the giants of Armenian archeology.
tjj
tjj
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Re: Six Groundbreaking Female Archaeologists ?
Mar 06, 2020, 18:24
Zariadris wrote:
Great thread.

In Armenia - no sideshow when it comes to archeology - I would say Emma Khanzadian, who from the 60s-90s oversaw the excavations of several important Bronze Age towns, including the earliest layer of Garni (famous for its classical Mithraic temple) where a Bronze Age statue-menhir known as a 'dragon stone' (vishapakar) was discovered upright with an Iron Age cuneiform inscription added; the entire Bronze-Iron Age settlement of Elar-Darani between Yerevan and Lake Sevan, a massive 'dragon stone' in a Bronze Age burial ground in the village of Lchashen (on the banks of Sevan), and her life's work, the excavation of a spectacular early metallurgical center in the Ararat Valley called Metsamor (as in Brain Donor's "Metsamor (Birthplace of Metal)"), complete with subterranean ironworks, a cemetery with massive stone phallei, and an incredible rock-cut temple/ritual precinct. For many years she had been working on a sweeping study of dragon-stones; a real passion of hers - I remember her showing my wife and me folders full of field work and research shortly before her death during the post-Soviet economic nadir when there was no money to complete such a project. A great shame she never produced it, but those of us presently involved in the study of these megaliths honor her memory.

Another key archeologist is Seda Devedjian, still with us, who has worked dliginetly for decades excavating the magnificent Bronze-Iron Age tomb fields of Lori Berd in the northern climes of the country, publishing a series of outstanding monographs (as has Khanzadian).

Both of these women, whom I had/have the good fortune to know, are counted among the giants of Armenian archeology.


Hello Zariadris, apologies for taking so long to answer your post. Firstly I confess to knowing only a little of Armenia's modern history (and that needs refreshing) and nothing at all about its prehistory - probably because what gets discussed here is mainly about the British Isles. I have started reading however, and what I have come across is pretty much mind blowing.

The most recent and important excavation is at the Nor Geghi 1 Stone Age site in the Hrazdan river valley. Thousands of 325,000 year-old artifacts show that human technological innovation occurred intermittently throughout the Old World, rather than spreading from a single point of origin (usually hypothesized to be Africa), as was previously thought.
I have started here to just get an overview ...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prehistoric_Armenia

Will continue reading and research the work of Emma Khanzadian and Seda Devedjian. Please forgive my lack of knowledge about your country and world region.
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