Lina Dorina Johanna Eckenstein – The Polymath of Egypt

Little is really known about Lina Eckenstein as an archaeologist, despite what could be considered her second most important contribution being her work with Hilda Petrie, her husband Flinders Petrie, and Margaret Murray working in Egypt. Eckenstein was a vibrant woman, a religious skeptic, a rebel of her time, and described as a "New Woman" in... Continue Reading →

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Nina Frances Layard – Something Indeed for a Lady to Have Done.

Today we're going to talk about Nina Francis Layard and also to some degree her partner in life Mary Frances Outman. Though Mary seems to have played a traditional wifely role to Nina's more outgoing and adventurous stereotypical male role, I do not want to downplay Mary's contributions to Nina's work. Before we get too... Continue Reading →

Ella Sophia Armitage – Mistress of The Norman Mottes

For our next early female archaeologist I want to introduce you to Ella Sophia Armitage. Armitage was a particular challenge for me, as many of the women I will introduce you to will be, since there is so little known about her as a person, other than she lived. It's aggravating  but this is the product of so many years of ignoring... Continue Reading →

The New York Times and Spike TV Love American Diggers, Hate Uppity, Educated Women.

So this lovely piece of journalisum came across my twitter feed today...TV Digs Will Harm Patrimony, Scholars Say by Bill Carter. First, props to Mr. Carter for using big words in the title, no props however for making it sound like the archaeologists of the world just want to take away all the fun from poor Ric Savage and... Continue Reading →

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