A year in the making, in partnership with photographer Leonora Saunders, the Raising Horizons exhibition is on now on UK tour! We'll be at the Department of Archaeology, University of York from 11 January to 16 March 2018.

Two centuries of hidden trowel-blazing history is celebrated through captivating portraits: 14 contemporary women working in archaeology, geology and palaeontology pose as their historic counterparts, each representing a moment in time.

Raising Horizons is about revealing the real face of archaeology, geology and palaeontology past and present, sharing its hidden heritage, and promoting the power of networks for advancing women in science. You can help us take this story on UK tour over 2017-8, and bring the message of women's achievements to an even bigger audience by backing our crowdfund.


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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Margaret Wood. Image by kind permission of Stuart Campbell.
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Margaret Wood

TrowelBlazer Margaret Wood is our featured star in this post, but it is important to recognise that her contribution comes on the heels of other fearless female scientists!  Our knowledge of the geology of the island of Anglesey in Wales has been dependent on the dedication of some outstanding women.  Without the inspiration and practical […]

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The stars finally aligned in 2018 for Team TrowelBlazers to be able to take part in a very special event to celebrate the launch of the Raising Horizons exhibit at the University of York. It was an excellent chance to bring the Raising Horizons stories, and Leonora Saunders' beautiful art, to a new audience, who proved very receptive to both the wine…

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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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