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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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Inge Lehmann

There’s a ball of solid metal at the center of the Earth, more than 1,500 miles (2,400 km) in diameter and made up primarily of a nickel-iron alloy. Buried beneath the solid mantle and the liquid outer core, this inner core can only be “seen” indirectly, through its influence on seismic waves that pass through the body of the Earth, reflecting and refracting at the boundaries between its major layers. In 1936, seismologist Inge Lehmann realized that an extra interface could explain some mysterious earthquake data she was seeing at her seismic stations in Denmark and Greenland. By piecing together the scattered seismic wave arrivals and fitting them to a new model of Earth’s structure, she reimagined our planet from…

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So here's our first ever competition with an actual prize to be won- and a fabulous one at that! Our latest article, written by Georgina Ferry, is on the iconic scientist Dorothy Hodgkin, who it turns out was not only a Nobel prize winner for her crystallography work, but also a genuine trowelblazer.  Georgina's book, Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life, 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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