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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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Lady Mary Bailey riding a camel during the Kharga Oasis expedition. Image used non-commercially, courtesy of UCL Institute of Archaeology. Not to be reproduced elsewhere.
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Lady Mary Bailey

“I have never met anyone with such a zest for enjoyment” Thus wrote Gertrude Caton-Thompson of the frankly amazing Lady Mary Bailey. During two weeks in February 1931, Mary surveyed and photographed archaeological remains at Kharga Oasis,  in the Egyptian Western Desert, from her D.H.80a Puss Moth aeroplane, one of the highest performance private aircraft […]

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It was time to say ‘Croeso i Gymru’ as the National Museum of Wales welcomed a very special visitor – Fossil Hunter Lottie!  Lottie spent the day with Dr Lucy McCobb and made friends with fellow museum palaeontologists Dr Caroline Buttler and Cindy Howells.  She met a stalk-eyed trilobite, an impressive ammonite, a baby ichthyosaur and a friendly dinosaur along…

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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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