Dorothy Garrod was the first woman to hold a professorship at the University of Cambridge when she was elected as Disney Professor of Archaeology in 1939 (beating Oxford by almost 10 years). She was a pioneer of Paleolithic archaeology and led excavations in Gibraltar, Palestine, Southern Kurdistan, Turkey, and Bulgaria.
Oh yea, and she also held three honorary doctorates (from University of Pennsylvania, Boston University, and Oxford). NBD. We think that’s pretty cool.
We have lots more to share on Garrod’s life and work in future posts, but impatient types may want to check out the amazing Pitt Rivers Dorothy Garrod photographic archive, which currently houses almost 800 photos.
written and posted by Suzie