Posted on 9 November 2020
Stephanie Wynne-Jones of the Department of Archaeology has curated a collection of features on the Women of African Archaeology, to be featured through the week on the website Trowelblazers. Trowelblazers is "a celebration of women archaeologists, palaeontologists and geologists who have been doing awesome work for far longer, and in far greater numbers, than most people realise." The site features profiles of some of the pioneers of the discipline, as well as detail on more junior trailblazing women.
Women are in the majority in African Archaeology in Europe and the US,and are increasingly numerous in archaeology departments on the continent of Africa. Yet, their profile is still low compared to their male counterparts, as measured by invitations to give keynote lectures, or profiles as ancestors of the discipline. The aim of this feature was to celebrate the achievements of women in African Archaeology, giving recognition to the ways they have pioneered research in often difficult circumstances.
This feature was supported by the Society for Africanist Archaeologists, the PanAfrican Assocation for Prehistory and the British Institute in Eastern Africa. Members nominated women for inclusion and Stephanie worked with a team of volunteers from the University of York to create profiles for a selection of them. Special thanks are due to the volunteers: Lucy Moore, Fionnuala Marron Long, Sally Clarke, Isabelle Diggle, Cassiane Stevens all worked during the summer on finding out about these excellent women.
Two or three profiles will launch each day this week (9-13 November) and by Friday you will be able to see the full list.