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

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"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)

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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 — soft, nurturing, submissive — 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.

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 masters degree in anthropology from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of one previous work of nonfiction, A Mermaids Tale: A Personal Search for Love and Lore.

Table of Contents

Field Notes

The Niles Grand Dame

Amelia Edwards (1831-1892)

Noahs Ark – A good poem by 7 – No one to say no – the Dolomites – Lady ‘L – Voyaging on the Nile – Pyramids and other wonders – Abu Simbel – Responding to a threat – Egyptology – The fund – To break a leg – Revelations

All Dressed Up in a Mans Suit

Jane Dieulafoy (1851-1916)

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

Mexicos Archaeological Queen

Zelia Nuttall (1857-1933)

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

Oh, Desert Tiger!

Gertrude Bell (1868-1926)

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

Just Like a Volcano

Harriet Boyd Hawes (1871-1945)

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

Archaeologys Big Detective

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

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

Like a Glass of Stony White Wine

Dorothy Garrod (1892-1968)

Archaeologys new voice – family of science – three brothers – Abbé Breuil – Human origins – A tiny skull in her hands – Mount Carmel – Sherry Sabbath – Deafening! - Hello Cambridge – Ancient beaches – 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. Canvas tents were their domains, hot Middle Eastern deserts their gardens of inquiry and labor. Thanks to them, prevailing ideas about feminine nature — soft, nurturing, submissive — 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.
"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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