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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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Mary Horner Lyell

Mary Elizabeth Horner was a British geologist and naturalist who later specialized in conchology – the study of mollusc shells. In fact, she collected,studied, and categorized land snails in the Canary Islands as part of her research, though her true passion from an early age was geology. Born in London in 1808, this childhood passion was likely due in part to the fact that her father was a geologist and educational reformer who was President of the Geological Society of London in 1846 and again in 1860. He ensured that she and her siblings received a well-rounded education, and her younger sister, Katherine, also became a scientist in the field of botany. You may not have heard her name before, and this is…

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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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