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.
Shahina Farid Although most people associate the famous Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in central Turkey with James Mellaart and Ian Hodder, there is one person who is arguably the most important in the history of excavations at this World Heritage Site: Shahina Farid. Shahina was born in London to parents who migrated from Pakistan, and attended school in Camden. Her first exposure to archaeology was a school visit to the Tutankhamun exhibition at the British Museum, and by age 15 she has already decided she was going to be and archaeologist, and was spent her time volunteering on local excavations. She studied archaeology at the University of Liverpool, but her true passion was to be out in the field, and…
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…
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!