Mothers of the Field – Women in Archaeology

Women are a particular interest of mine. Probably because I am one, and because I wasn’t raised to be a pretty-pretty Princess, I am aware of the difficulties women have in the world. This page is a way for me to give back to the history of women and to acknowledge the giants who’s shoulders support me.

Some of the women listed here you will know, some you won’t. Some are still alive, some have passed on. I won’t be re-posting Wikipedia articles. These will be my own work, my own research, and yes, my own words. 

 I hope you will take the time and browse through the links here and read up on the women who made archaeology more than just a novelty pastime of the rich. These women have contributed to my field in great and small ways, and each has moved the field forward.


Ennigaldi-Nana (530 BCE)

Lady Hester Stanhope (1776-1839)

Mary Anning (1799-1847)

Elizabeth Philpot (1780-1857)

Amelia Edwards (1831-1892)

Alice Cunningham Fletcher (1838-1923)

Ella Sophia Armitage (1841-1931)

Jane Henriette Rachel (Magre) Dieulafoy (1851-1965)

Sophia Engastromenos-Schlieman (1852-1932)

Nina Frances Layard (1853-1935)

Lina Eckenstein (1857 – 1931)

Zela Nuttall (1857-1933)

Eugenie Sellers Strong (1860-1943)

Esther Boise Van Deman (1862-1937)

Margaret Alice Murray (1863-1963)

Madeleine Colani (1866-1943)

Gertrude Bell (1868-1926)

Maude Edith Cunnington (1869-1951)

Blanche Wheeler Williams (1870 – 1936)

Harriet Ann Boyd Hawes (1871-1945)

Hilda Mary Isobel (Urlin) Petrie (1871-1956)

Caroline Morris Galt (1875-1937)

Elsie Clews Parson (1875-1941)

Grace Mary Crowfoot (1877-1957)

Dorothea Bate (1878-1951)

Edith Hayward Hall Dohan (1879-1943)

Alice Evelyn Wilson (1881-1964)

* Gertrude Caton–Thompson (1888-1985)

Hetty Goldman (1881-1972)

Mary Hamilton Swindler (1884-1967)

Ruth Fulton Benedict (1887-1948)

Caroline Coroneos  Dorman (1888-1971)

Gertrude Caton-Thompson (1888-1985)

Lady Katharine Elizabeth Woolley (1888-1945)

Elizabeth Riefstahl (1889-1986)

Ella Cara Deloria (1889-1941)

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Hanna Rydh (1891-1964)

Dorothy Annie Elizabeth Garrod (1892-1968)

Tessa Verney Wheeler (1893 – 1936)

Winifred Lamb (1894-1963)

Ruth Sawtall Wallis (1895-1978)

Jo Nichols Evans (1896-1991)

Jocelyn Toynbee (1897-1985)

Theodora Kroeber-Quinn (1897-1979)

Helen Crighton (1899-1989)

Theresa B. Goell (1901-1985)

Margaret Elizabeth Ashley-Towle (1902-1985)

Germaine Henri-Martin (1902-1972)

Kathleen Kenyon (1906-1978)

Bertha “Birdie” Parker Pallan (1907 – 1978)

Marjory V. Seton-Williams (1910-1992)

Annette Laming-Emperaire (1917-1977)

Honor Frost (1917–2010)

Anne Stine Moe Ingstad (1918-1997)

Mauricette Jacq-Le Rouzic (1928-1972)

K. Kris Hirst 

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  1. I could not find the woman’s name and contact information on the pages that talk about debunking some of the ancient artifacts found. Apparently the archaeologist is a woman? Please email me at with this information as I’d like to comment and ask a couple questions. There are many ancient artifact finds lately and not enough qualified people around to research them in depth and wanted to comment on this problem. Also, being biased based on creationism or evolution both should not come into play in this arena otherwise the artifact(s) will not have a chance of proving themselves. A true honest archaeologist will not sway either way based upon personal beliefs and many true scientists are becoming outraged by bias-based “finds”…both from the creationists and the evolutionists. A true open mind in archaeology is very hard to find these days and truth will be a thing of the past causing most awakened people to not believe either side. It takes a self-searching reality check (that most people do not know how to do right).in order to achieve a truest perspective. I hope to receive an answer to this by a true in-depth archaeologist and not some secretary or maintenance man.


  2. Martin, This site might be poisoned fruit and you might not get what you want. Its a general problem today in Academia to be fighting mad that their established ” world view” is being threatened and that sites like this are necessary. They have a credibility problem. It goes beyond Academia and has gone into the political. Now that everybody knows the Oligarchs rule this country and grants and funding are only permitted for safe research, everyone takes what academia says with a grain of salt. And that’s sad. Everyone wants to believe that nobody would censor data that would contradict the established world view. But sadly, that is not so… Dr. Klaus Schmidt doing research on Goblekli Tepi would be an example of this.. Wheres the Media? Wheres the Other Archeologists submitting research and getting on Good morning America on this Pot Bellied hill in Turkey? What about the ruins of Cuba? Crickets…….. No Martin… there will be no joy.. Yonigumi, Bosnia pyramids? You wont hear a word unless its to debunk them… It would be nice to Include Dr. Carmen Boulter on this list. Her work speaks for itself. I like skeptics, but only if they are evenly skeptical to both sides. but then again, nobody likes to talk bad about a fellow colleague its bad for business.


    1. You like skeptics? What a farce you are! You pretty much use old talking points the pseudohistorians use. Being sceptical of both sides? That’s like saying being sceptical about Evolution, climate change, and medicine! Some topics only have one correct side! Please come back when you stop whining about the government, big pharma, “the establishment”, etc.


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