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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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M. R. Ellingson, 1931. Courtesy University of Evansville.
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Mary Ross Ellingson

Mary Ellingson (1906-1993), nee Ross, was an archaeologist who made important contributions to the study of ancient Greek terracotta figurines but who never received credit for her work.  A graduate in classics from the University of Alberta, Ellingson came to Johns Hopkins University to study under David Robinson in 1930.  Robinson was preparing for his second season of excavation at the Greek site of Olynthos and asked Ellingson to join the staff the following year. …

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Alan Kaiser, Archaeology, Sexism, and Scandal: The Long-Suppressed Story of One Woman's Discoveries and the Man Who Stole Credit for Them.   New York; London:  Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.  Pp. xx, 251.  ISBN9781442230033.  RRP $38.00 (USA) Alan Kaiser's book-length exploration of Mary Ross Ellingson's experience of archaeology and academic dishonesty in the interwar period is exactly the kind of story TrowelBlazers…

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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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