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.
Annie Pirie Quibell
The daughter of an Aberdeen academic, Annie Pirie (1862-1927) had extensive training and experience as an artist before her involvement in archaeology. Working in pastels and oil paints, she exhibited in the Scottish Royal Academy. Moving to London to further her fascination with ancient Egypt, she became one of Flinders Petrie’s early students. With her much older artist-colleague Rosalind Paget, Pirie travelled to Egypt to work as a copyist for Petrie at Saqqara in 1895. During the season Pirie met James Edward Quibell, Petrie’s assistant. They excavated together again in Thebes at the Ramesseum, and at El Kab and Hierakonpolis, and it was on one of these digs that they fell in love while nursing each other through a bout of…
A little while back, Team TrowelBlazers' own Victoria Herridge helped to organise a wild and scaly adventure deep in the heart of South London. She met up with Credible Likeable Superstar Catherine Bennett, who puts the Superstar into Scientist and the Popstar into Palaeontologist, and a whole team of inspirational palaeontologists in Crystal Palace's Dinosaur Court, to talk about exactly how…
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!