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Excavating Women A History of Women in European Archaeology

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    Archaeologists are increasingly aware of issues of gender when studying past societies; women are becoming better represented within the discipline and are attaining top academic posts. However, until now there has been no study undertaken of the history of women in European archaeology and their contribution to the development of the discipline.
    Excavating Women discusses the careers of women archaeologists such as Dorothy Garrod, Hanna Rydh and Marija Gimbutas, who against all odds became famous, as well as the many lesser-known personalities who did important archaeological work. The collection spans the earliest days of archaeology as a discipline to the present, telling the stories of women from Scandinavia, Mediterranean Europe, Britain, France, Germany and Poland. The chapters examine women's contributions to archaeology in the context of other, often socio-political, factors that affected their lives. It examines issues such as women's increased involvement in archaeological work during and after the two World Wars, and why so many women found it more acceptable to work outside of their native lands.
    This critical assessment of women in archaeology makes a major contribution to the history of archaeology. It reveals how selective the archaeological world has been in recognizing the contributions of those who have shaped its discipline, and how it has been particularly inclined to ignore the achievements of women archaeologists.
    Excavating Women is essential reading for all students, teachers and researchers in archaeology who are interested in the history of their discipline and its sociopolitics.

    1. Excavating women: towards an engendered history of archaeology, Margarita Díaz-Andreu and Marie Louise Stig Sørensen, SECTION I. GENERAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE HISTORY OF WOMEN IN EUROPEAN ARCHAEOLOGY, 2. Rescue and recovery: on historiographies of female archeologists, Marie Louise Stig Sørensen, 3. Archaeology of French women and French women in Archaeology, Anick Coudart, 4. Gender Politics in Polish archaeology, Liliana Janik and Hanna Zawadzka, 5. Women archaeologists in retrospect: the Norwegian case, Liv Helga Dommasnes, Else Johnsen Kleppe, Gro Mandt and Jenny-Rita Naess, 6. Spanish women in a changing world. Strategies in the search for self-fulfilment through antiquities, Margarita Díaz-Andreu, 7. When the wall came down: East German women employed in archaeology before and after 1989, Ruth Struwe, SECTION II. HISTORY THROUGH THE INDIVIDUAL, 8. Archaeology, gender and emancipation: the paradox of Hanna Rydh, Elisabeth Arwill-Nordbladh, 9. Women in British Archaeology: visible and invisible, Sara Champion, 10. Fieldwork is not the proper preserve of a lady: the first women archaeologists in Crete, Marina Picazo, 11. The state of Denmark. Lis Jacobsen and other women in and around archaeology, Lise Bender Jorgensen, 12. Greek women in archaeology: an untold story, Marianna Nikolaidou and Dimitra Kokkinidou, 13. From pictures to stories: traces of female PhD graduates from the Department of Prehistoric Archaeology, University of Tubingen, Germany, Sibylle Kastner, Viola Maier and Almut Schulke, 14. The impact of modern invasions and migrations on archaeological explanation: a biographical sketch of Marija Gimbutas, John Chapman.


    Margarita Díaz-Andreu lectures in the Department of Archaeology, at the University of Durham. Her research focuses on gender and ethnicity, nationalism and archaeology, and prehistory of the Iberian Peninsula. Marie Louise Stig Sørensen is a Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests lie particularly in the field of gender archaeology, both theoretical and based on data, as well as heritage, theory and European prehistory.

    'An important collection of papers exploring women's distinctive contributions.' - New Scientist

    'It is a first of its kind and makes a major contrinbution to the history of archaeology.' - Minerva

    'It is an interesting and intriguing approach to archaeology...' - Minerva Vol9 No.5

    'Diaz-Andreu and Sorensen have produced a volume packed with interesting information and perspectives that as a unity makes an important contribution to the history of archaeology.' - American Journal of Archaeology