Note that my request is for nominations for the Greatest Archaeologist. Mary
Anning was *not* an archaeologist: she was, as we now know, a palaeontologist
(she did not describe herself as such). To quote from Stephen Jay Gould, in
his "Finders, Keepers" (Pimlico 1992): "Mary Anning, probably the most
important unsung (or inadequately sung) collecting force in the history of
palaeontology ...". Her place in the history of European palaeontology is
Are there any more nominations for the Greatest Archaeologist? Remember: the
individual is to be profiled in an encyclopedia for US children.
In a message dated 25/9/01 9:14:47 am, [log in to unmask] writes:
<< But the techniques are the same a lot of field archaeology is tracing
>>> [log in to unmask] 24/09/2001 20:24:12 >>>
David Evans suggested:
>Mary Anning (area excavation and stratigraphy)
But wasn't she properly a palaeontologist rather than an archaeologist?