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Breaking ground : pioneering women archaeologists
Cohen, Getzel M.
Publication Information:
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
x, 571 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Jane Dieulafoy, 1851-1916 (Eve Gran-Aymerich) -- Esther B. Van Deman, 1862-1937 (Katherine Welch) -- Margaret Alice Murray, 1863-1963 (Margaret S. Drower) -- Gertrude L. Bell, 1868-1926 (Julia M. Asher-Greve) -- Harriet Boyd Hawes, 1871-1945 (Vasso Fotou and Ann Brown) -- Edith Haywood Hall Dohan, 1879-1943 (Katherine Dohan Morrow) -- Hetty Goldman, 1881-1972 (Machteld J. Mellink and Kathleen M. Quinn) -- Gertrude Caton-Thompson, 1888-1985 (Margaret S. Drower) -- Dorothy Annie Elizabeth Garrod, 1892-1968 (Ofer Bar-Yosef and Jane Callander) -- Winifred Lamb, 1894-1963 (David W. J. Gill) -- Theresa B. Goell, 1901-1985 (Donald H. Sanders with David W. J. Gill) -- Kathleen Kenyon, 1906---1978 (William G. Dever).
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"At the close of the Victorian era, two generations of intrepid women abandoned Grand Tour travel for the rigors of archaeological expeditions, shining the light of scientific exploration on Old World antiquity. Breaking Ground highlights the remarkable careers of twelve pioneers-a compelling narrative of personal, social, intellectual, and historical achievement."
-Claire Lyons, The Getty Museum

"Behind these pioneering women lie a wide range of fascinating and inspiring life stories. Though each of their tales is unique, they were all formidable scholars whose important contributions changed the field of archaeology. Kudos to the authors for making their stories and accomplishments known to us all!"
-Jodi Magness, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

This book presents twelve fascinating women whose contributions to the development and progress of Old World archaeology---in an area ranging from Italy to Mesopotamia---have been immeasurable. Each essay in this collection examines the life of a pioneer archaeologist in the early days of the discipline, tracing her path from education in the classics to travel and exploration and eventual international recognition in the field of archaeology. The lives of these women may serve as models both for those interested in gender studies and the history of archaeology because in fact, they broke ground both as women and as archaeologists.

The interest inherent in these biographies will reach well beyond defined disciplines and subdisciplines, for the life of each of these exciting and accomplished individuals is an adventure story in itself

Author Notes

Getzel M. Cohen is Professor of Classics and History at the University of Cincinnati
Martha Sharp Joukowsky is Professor of Anthropology at Brown University and Director of the Brown University Center for Old World Archaeology and Art and the Brown University Petra Great Temple Excavations

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Choice Review

These life stories of 12 innovative 19th- and 20th-century women scientists of (primarily) English-speaking countries represent the founding generation that researched the archaeological remains of Mediterranean, North African, and Southwest Asian cultures. The book is primarily an account of their many lasting contributions to science, but it also examines in detail what sorts of social, economic, political, collegial, and noncollegial conditions women scientists encountered and altered as they helped found the discipline of archaeology. The individual stories contribute to a powerful larger story of the history of western science and the gender relations operating within it. Contributor Margaret C. Root (Univ. of Michigan) presents an overview that conveys a critical vision of the late Victorian cultural system that produced these thinkers, as well as an insightful account of the ways in which "independent" women altered that system. The trouble with many books about the history of archaeology is that their authors have erased the contributions, names, and even the presence of women from large segments of the narrative. Readers will understand how that practice has been perpetuated, thanks to Root's analysis. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Valuable for all readers. S. R. Martin Michigan Technological University

Table of Contents

Margaret Cool RootEve Gran-AymerichKatherine WelchMargaret S. DrowerJulia M. Asher-GreveVasso Fotou and Ann BrownKatherine Dohan MorrowMachteld J. Mellink and Kathleen M. QuinnMargaret S. DrowerOfer Bar-Yosef and Jane CallanderDavid W. J. GillDonald H. Sanders and David W. J. GillWilliam G. Dever
Introduction: Women of the Field, Defining the Gendered Experiencep. 1
Jane Dieulafoy, 1851-1916p. 34
Esther B. Van Deman, 1862-1937p. 68
Margaret Alice Murray, 1863-1963p. 109
Gertrude L. Bell, 1868-1926p. 142
Harriet Boyd Hawes, 1871-1945p. 198
Edith Hayward Hall Dohan, 1879-1943p. 274
Hetty Goldman, 1881-1972p. 298
Gertrude Caton-Thompson, 1888-1985p. 351
Dorothy Annie Elizabeth Garrod, 1892-1968p. 380
Winifred Lamb, 1894-1963p. 425
Theresa B. Goell, 1901-1985p. 482
Kathleen Kenyon, 1906-1978p. 525
Conclusionp. 554
Glossaryp. 561
Contributorsp. 565
Indexp. 569
Mapsp. 573