How about these early women pioneers, who were also I think accepted as
in openly lesbian partnerships -
Jane Harrison 1850-1928 (partner was Hope Mirrlees, a novelist and poet)
active in classical archaeology
Janet Gourlay 1863-1912 and her partner Margaret Benson 1865-1916
both active in Egyptology
Joan Du Plat Taylor 1906-83 and her partner Veronica Seaton-Williams
Joan active in Cyprus and Veronica in Egypt
Also Amelia Edwards 1831-92, active in Egyptology
Non-lesbian but one of the earliest women to be accepted in archaeology
- Johanna Mestorf 1829-1909 who became the Curator of the German
National Museum in Kiel.
All the best,
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Sent: 17 July 2010 14:50
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] famous archaeologists
Thanks for all your replies re:best/famous archaeologists. I chose to
use both words, because I'd like my students to be able to do some
research on the individuals choosen - that means there needs to be more
than a sentence available about them. Unless I actively engage them with
the posters, they probably won't even notice....
I haven't decided which to use yet - it's such a long and varied list!
But Hawkes, Garrod and Cramp are all on the list, as is Helga Seeden who
sounds a force to be reckoned with!
In terms of it seeming unimportant as to whether some was straight or
not by the 1980's - none of my students had been born then, and I guess
if you're coming out, it's nice to know you're not alone... At the
moment, the only person I can think of that remotely fits the bill is
Sandi Toksvig, so if anyone can think of somebody who works in
archaeology, is fairly well known and openly out, that would be useful!