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The first women archaeologists were Victorian era adventurers who felt most at home when farthest from it. Canvas tents were their domains, hot Middle Eastern deserts their gardens of inquiry and labor. Thanks to them, prevailing ideas about feminine nature and#151; soft, nurturing, submissive and#151; were upended. Ladies of the Field tells the story of seven remarkable women, each a pioneering archaeologist, each headstrong, smart, and courageous, who burst into what was then a very young science. Amanda Adams takes us with them as they hack away at underbrush under a blazing sun, battle swarms of biting bugs, travel on camelback for weeks on end, and feel the excitement of unearthing history at an archaeological site. Adams also reveals the dreams of these extraordinary women, their love of the field, their passion for holding the past in their hands, their fascination with human origins, and their utter disregard for convention.

Review:

"Agatha Christie is perhaps the most well-known of the captivating women in this collection; her novels gained an exoticism from her postdivorce Middle Eastern archeological work. Adams (A Mermaid's Tale: A Personal Search for Love and Lore) traipses through archeology's early days to find seven significant pioneers who balanced their passions for potsherds, early culture, and humanity's origins with the more conventional Victorian and early 20th-century expectations of upper-class American and European women. Jane Dieulafoy, by contrast, who had dressed as a man to fight alongside her husband in the Franco-Prussian War, continued her cross-dressing for comfort's sake as the couple traveled in Persia. Family-financed, these adventurous women advanced archeology in sites as diverse as Mexico, Iraq, and Egypt, and Adams recounts their exploits in a cheerfully casual tone (Adams's descriptively good-humored prose ensures that each biographical chapter can be easily digested alone or taken as a whole in its chronological presentation). Full of well-researched facts, these tales of seven determined explorers will interest anyone looking for a good adventure. 60 b&w photos. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

The first women archaeologists were Victorian era adventurers who felt most at home when farthest from it. Adams takes readers along with seven intrepid women, each a pioneering archaeologist, each headstrong, smart, and courageous, who burst into what was then a very young science. b&w photos.

About the Author

Amanda Adams is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and holds a masterand#8217;s degree in anthropology from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of one previous work of nonfiction, A Mermaidand#8217;s Tale: A Personal Search for Love and Lore.

Table of Contents

Field Notes

The Nileand#8217;s Grand Dame

Amelia Edwards (1831-1892)

Noahand#8217;s Ark and#150; A good poem by 7 and#150; No one to say no and#150; the Dolomites and#150; Lady and#145;Land#8217; and#150; Voyaging on the Nile and#150; Pyramids and other wonders and#150; Abu Simbel and#150; Responding to a threat and#150; Egyptology and#150; The fund and#150; To break a leg and#150; Revelations

All Dressed Up in a Manand#8217;s Suit

Jane Dieulafoy (1851-1916)

In a manand#8217;s suit and#150; Tomboy and#150; Meeting Marcel and#150; Being a solider and#150; Partnership and#150; The first excavations and#150; Persia and#150; The Lion Frieze and glory of Susa and#150; Rejection and#150; Paris saloons and a yawn and#150; Down south and#150; Writing about it all and#150; Back to the field and#150; Fever and#150; On being married

Mexicoand#8217;s Archaeological Queen

Zelia Nuttall (1857-1933)

Queening at the table and#150; Gold Rush and#150; A special picture book and#150; Alphonse and Nadine and#150; Terracotta heads and#150; The big fair and#150; Mr. Boas and#150; Casa Alvarado and#150; Lost things and#150; The Island of Sacrificios and#150; Fury and#150; Fame and#150; A return to light

Oh, Desert Tiger!

Gertrude Bell (1868-1926)

Catching the eye of a star and#150; Growing up with gardens and#150; Family matters and letters home and#150; School days and#150; Languages and leaving and#150; The field and#150; Pretty things and#150; Petra and#150; Days melt like snow and#150; (lost) Love - Death and reflections on adventure

Just Like a Volcano

Harriet Boyd Hawes (1871-1945)

Inside a volcano and#150; Athens by bicycle and#150; Nursing and#150; Across the wine dark sea and#150; Digging in Crete and#150; Donkeys at a Trot and#150; Gournia and#150; The Headhunter and#150; Now, the kitchen and#150; Babies and books and#150; A rumbling wake

Archaeologyand#8217;s Big Detective

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

M is for mystery and#150; Girls? They should run wild and#150; Ashfield and#150; Coming out in Cairo and#150; Mrs. Christie and#150; Around the world and#150; The bad year and#150; Vanished and#150; Orient Express and#150; Meeting Max and#150; Le Camping and#150; Khabur Valley and#150; A detectiveand#8217;s eye - Tell me

Like a Glass of Stony White Wine

Dorothy Garrod (1892-1968)

Archaeologyand#8217;s new voice and#150; family of science and#150; three brothers and#150; Abband#233; Breuil and#150; Human origins and#150; A tiny skull in her hands and#150; Mount Carmel and#150; Sherry Sabbath and#150; Deafening! - Hello Cambridge and#150; Ancient beaches and#150; The Amazons have broken down the gates at last

Excavations

Glossary

Notes

Bibliography

Recommended Reading

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9781553654339
Author:
Adams, Amanda
Publisher:
Greystone Books
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
50 BandW photos
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Agatha Christie is perhaps the most well-known of the captivating women in this collection; her novels gained an exoticism from her postdivorce Middle Eastern archeological work. Adams (A Mermaid's Tale: A Personal Search for Love and Lore) traipses through archeology's early days to find seven significant pioneers who balanced their passions for potsherds, early culture, and humanity's origins with the more conventional Victorian and early 20th-century expectations of upper-class American and European women. Jane Dieulafoy, by contrast, who had dressed as a man to fight alongside her husband in the Franco-Prussian War, continued her cross-dressing for comfort's sake as the couple traveled in Persia. Family-financed, these adventurous women advanced archeology in sites as diverse as Mexico, Iraq, and Egypt, and Adams recounts their exploits in a cheerfully casual tone (Adams's descriptively good-humored prose ensures that each biographical chapter can be easily digested alone or taken as a whole in its chronological presentation). Full of well-researched facts, these tales of seven determined explorers will interest anyone looking for a good adventure. 60 b&w photos. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , The first women archaeologists were Victorian era adventurers who felt most at home when farthest from it. Adams takes readers along with seven intrepid women, each a pioneering archaeologist, each headstrong, smart, and courageous, who burst into what was then a very young science. b&w photos.
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