A year in the making, in partnership with photographer Leonora Saunders, the Raising Horizons exhibition is on now on UK tour! We'll be at the CIfA Annual Conference in Newcastle from 19-21 April and then at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival from 27-30th April.

Two centuries of hidden trowel-blazing history is celebrated through captivating portraits: 14 contemporary women working in archaeology, geology and palaeontology pose as their historic counterparts, each representing a moment in time.

Raising Horizons is about revealing the real face of archaeology, geology and palaeontology past and present, sharing its hidden heritage, and promoting the power of networks for advancing women in science. You can help us take this story on UK tour over 2017-8, and bring the message of women's achievements to an even bigger audience by backing our crowdfund.


Women in archaeology, geology, and palaeontology

TrowelBlazers is a celebration of women archaeologists, palaeontologists and geologists who have been doing awesome work for far longer, and in far greater numbers, than most people realise.

Because we think these women are awesome. We think you’ll think these women are awesome. And we want to keep on discovering more awesome trowel-wielding women. Plus, so many of the pictures are, quite frankly, a–MAZ–ing.

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Dorothy Hill

Born in Australia in 1907, Dorothy Hill developed an early curiosity for palaeontology after finding fossil corals while wandering in the outback in Queensland. After studying geology as an undergraduate and then taking her Master’s degree at the University of Queensland, she won a scholarship to study for a PhD at the University of Cambridge, […]

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What We're Up To

This guest post by students Monika Dimitrova and Uli Botzojorns at the University of Leiden (Netherlands) features a collaborative team of three women, each deserving of their own posts-linked below as we post a new article each day this week. --- “Duuh Duuh da da da Duuh” The opening notes of the Star Wars theme song ring out over the…

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Do you know of an awesome, TrowelBlazing pioneer in archaeology, geology, or palaeontology? Let us know! We are always looking out for guest posts, or even suggestions for new women to feature.

It’s all so very easy… 200 words, and a picture either freely available or with a known source where we can request permission to reproduce it. Even if you can’t manage that – don’t worry! We’re happy just to be told about truly inspiring women. Don’t forget to tell us your twitter/ blog name so we can give you full credit!

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