A year in the making, in partnership with photographer Leonora Saunders, we've developed Raising Horizons — a multimedia exhibition which will bring two centuries of hidden trowel-blazing history to life.

14 contemporary women working in archaeology, geology and palaeontology will be photographed posed in the period clothing of a matched historic TrowelBlazer. Personal interviews with the women will form part of the exhibition, and act as the basis for a new oral history archive.

Raising Horizons is about revealing the real face of geo-science past and present, sharing its hidden heritage, and promoting the power of networks for advancing women in science.

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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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Kathy Schick

Kathy Schick completed her PhD in 1984 under the supervision of two legendary palaeoanthropologists, Glynn Issac and Desmond Clark. Her experimental research has vastly enriched our understanding of site formation processes. She used a variety of experiments to help understand just what happens to stone tools and animal remains after they are discarded by early […]

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The connection between these two Raising Horizons women lies in their excavations of two of the world's most important early urban settlements, links with the Institute of Archaeology, London, and their legacy of fieldwork training for other archaeologists. Dame Kathleen Kenyon and Shahina Farid In 1958 a crisis meeting was called at the newly-sited Institute of Archaeology, in London; 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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