Ladies of the Field: Early Women Archaeologists and Their Search for Adventure

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Greystone Books, Sep 17, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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"""If you're looking to shake up your concept of Victorian women, these stories of adventure may be your cup of tea."" -- Shameless Magazine

""Full of well-researched facts, these tales of seven determined explorers will interest anyone looking for a good adventure."" -- Publishers Weekly

Seven intrepid female archaeologists who shunned convention for groundbreaking adventure.

Abandoning the comfort of conventional life and cream tea, seven women left their Victorian homes to discover the fields of archaeology. In a time when ladies dressed in ruffled petticoats, these women were sporting work trousers, smoking men's pipes, and riding camels through uncharted Middle Eastern deserts. They were adventurous, smart, and fearless -- they were the first women archaeologists. What drew these pioneering ladies into a male-dominated field that was then a very young science? What drove them to travel to far-flung sites where the well water was filled with bugs, danger was daily, and the sun was so hot it could bake through leather boots? Each woman found archaeology to be an irresistible passion. And as they pursued their dreams, they helped to bury ideas about feminine nature as something intrinsically soft and submissive. Ladies of the Field excavates the stories of women who sought adventure in the burgeoning new field of archaelogy and who continue to inspire us today, including Amelia Edwards, Jane Dieulafoy, Zelia Nuttall, Gertrude Bell, Harriet Boyd-Hawes, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy Garrod.


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What a remarkable and captivating book! And one that pays equal respect and attention to the fact that these people were pioneers in their field, and that they were women in their field; both are ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Amanda Adams is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and holds a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of one previous work of nonfiction, A Mermaid’s Tale: A Personal Search for Love and Lore.

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