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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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Mihriban Özbaşaran

Ed. note: After an early life on the move, Mihriban Özbaşaran’s family came to Istanbul, where she first  studied at Kadıköy Maarif College before beginning her career with  a BA in classical archaeology at Istanbul University. Prehistory held greater appeal however, and she completed her graduate work in the Department of Prehisoty, having been taught by TrowelBlazers Halet Çambel and Ufuk Esin. As a student of Ufuk, she dug at Değirmentepe and Aşıklı Höyük; she then directed excavations at…

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It’s nearly the end of the year, so it’s time for a TrowelBlazers recap of 2014- and it’s been quite a year for us! Our biggest achievement – and challenge - was launching our new website (, rather than our original tumblr), which we managed with huge amounts of design ideas and help from our Tech Guru and Science Demonstrator,…

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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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