A year in the making, in partnership with photographer Leonora Saunders, we've developed Raising Horizons — a multimedia exhibition which will bring two centuries of hidden trowel-blazing history to life.

14 contemporary women working in archaeology, geology and palaeontology will be photographed posed in the period clothing of a matched historic TrowelBlazer. Personal interviews with the women will form part of the exhibition, and act as the basis for a new oral history archive.

Raising Horizons is about revealing the real face of geo-science past and present, sharing its hidden heritage, and promoting the power of networks for advancing women in science.

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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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Marija Gimbutas

Although her research has come to be regarded as on the fringe of archaeology, it arose from a pioneering career that stretched across five decades. Gimbutas, originally from Lithuania, was Professor of Archaeology at UCLA from 1963 to her retirement in 1989, and she died in 1994. Known mainly for her analysis of the Baltic Neolithic […]

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What We're Up To

About two years ago, we were contacted by Caroline VanSickle (@cvans), the author of this special guest post, who had an idea. A great idea. She wanted to incorporate TrowelBlazers in the undergraduate classroom, and has now done so, twice. Below, she explains her educational goals, methods, and outcomes - one of which includes the creation of a number of group-authored…

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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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