Women in Archaeology : Mothers of the Field

I’ve been working on this series for a long time, but untill recently, I didn’t have much of a direction beyond telling you about all the great women out there in the world of archaeology. However, while going over my notes from school, I realized something, most of the men credited with forming and practicing archaeology had wives who were with them on their expeditions, so where were their stories? Since the field of archaeology was so undefined untill recently, surely these women were equally founders of the field? So what about them?

This raised an interesting challenge for me, could I recreate the history of archaeology from the women’s perspectives? I will admit, there isn’t a whole lot out there for many of the first mothers of the field, but I won’t let that slow me down. I’ve found some interesting things just by doing this research, and I think things will get easier to research as I move to more modern times.

So with a new plan in the wing, and a new direction to move in, let’s get this series back on track!

To start I want to back up to Mary Anning, who was invaluable to the field of paleontology.  Just follow the link and read up on this incredible woman. Then I want to move forward from there and re-examine Archaeology from the female perspective.

For more in this series check out Mother’s of the Field.

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