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.
When Margaret Benson (1865-1916) first travelled to Egypt in 1894 it was to recover from various ailments not trowelblaze, but trowelblaze she did. Enchanted by Egypt and its history, she was already making plans to return by the end of her trip. After an initial refusal she was granted permission to excavate the Mut Temple Precinct at Karnak, beginning in January 1895 -- making her the first woman to conduct her own excavation in Egypt. At that time Mut was assumed to be unimportant and the temple itself was already mostly destroyed. Nobody thought Margaret Benson would find anything worthwhile, but then Margaret Benson had a habit of surprising people…. Margaret Benson's academic interests were first properly kindled when she went up to…
Forget sexy witches, or even -- heaven forfend -- sexy archaeologists, this Halloween channel your favourite #trowelblazer to win hands-down at dressing-up! Here's our top 10: 1. Gertrude Bell. Spy, archaeologist, mountaineer and desert explorer. Taught Lawrence of Arabia everything he knew. 2. Margaret Murray was an Egyptologist and the first woman to publicly unwrap a mummy, but she also…
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!