#10 … because it’s super fun. Ever climbed a pyramid in your pants? Well geez, don’t, there are some serious heritage and conservation concerns – but sometimes it’s enough to know someone’s done it 😉

Hilda Petrie descending into a tomb, possibly Dendera 1897-8. Image courtesy of the Egypt Exploration Society, all rights reserved. More Hilda fabulousness available on their Flickr Petrie photoset!

Hilda Petrie descending into a tomb, possibly Dendera 1897-8. Image courtesy of the Egypt Exploration Society, all rights reserved. More Hilda fabulousness available on their Flickr Petrie photoset!

 

#9 …because #TrowelBlazing puts our modern catastrophes in context – for instance, underwater archaeology of the North Sea like that done by #RaisingHorizons star Dr Rachel Bynoe can tell us about the *last* time the UK left Europe.

Image of Dr Rachel Bynoe as Honor Frost, by Leonora Saunders for #RaisingHorizons

Image of Dr Rachel Bynoe as Honor Frost, by Leonora Saunders for #RaisingHorizons

 

#8… because there are #archaeofashion trends you never saw coming – who knew mattocks paired so well with Victorian hats?

University of Chicago Photographic Archive, [apf1-00303], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

University of Chicago Photographic Archive, [apf1-00303], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

# 7… because #TrowelBlazer perspectives can change the way we see the past – we need #TrowelBlazers like Ruth Tringham and Meg Conkey … putting women’s stories back in focus.

 

#6… because #TrowelBlazers get 💩done.

#5 … because dig friends are the best friends

 

Courtesy of the Penn Museum, image no. 191365

Courtesy of the Penn Museum, image no. 191365

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# 4… because Tomorrow’s women in the digging sciences need friends, role models, and mentors like Dorothy Garrod.

 

Dorothy Garrod with the members of her first excavation crew at the Mount Carmel Caves, 1929. From left to right, Elinor Ewbank (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford), Dorothy Garrod, Mary Kitson Clark (Girton College, Cambridge), Dean Harriet M. Allyn (Mount Holyoke College, USA) and Dr Martha Hackett. Used with kind permission from the Dorothy Garrod Photographic Archive at the Pitt Rivers Museum. This photo must not be reused without their consent.

Dorothy Garrod with the members of her first excavation crew at the Mount Carmel Caves, 1929. From left to right, Elinor Ewbank (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford), Dorothy Garrod, Mary Kitson Clark (Girton College, Cambridge), Dean Harriet M. Allyn (Mount Holyoke College, USA) and Dr Martha Hackett.
Used with kind permission from the Dorothy Garrod Photographic Archive at the Pitt Rivers Museum. This photo must not be reused without their consent.

 

Yusra (left) with Dorothy Garrod (right) at Mount Carmel in 1934.Image 1998.294.52, reproduced here with permission from the Dorothy Garrod Archive, Pitt Rivers Museum. All rights reserved.

Yusra (left) with Dorothy Garrod (right) at Mount Carmel in 1934.Image 1998.294.52, reproduced here with permission from the Dorothy Garrod Archive, Pitt Rivers Museum. All rights reserved.

#3 … because inspiring the next generation matters.

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#2 …because there are so many ways to #TrowelBlazeall contributions to the digging sciences matter. And are amazing. Not just the ones with paper qualifications, or shovels in hand, but the illustration, the cataloguing, the lab work, and the million other little things that make science too.

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#1 …because we are all here to support each other, and networks matter. In 2019 we’re going to try to keep supporting each other, keep building those networks, and keep reaching out and helping the next generation. And we want your help to do it. So tell us about the amazing women you’re digging in 2019!

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