To elaborate, the 1970's, I suspect, saw an increase in archaeology graduates and an increase in the number of women entering the profession (although from experience of digging in the late 70's a lot of the expertise went into the finds work with men still running the excavations - honourable exceptions to this general rule apply of course). It is that generation of women who are starting to occupy more senior positions in archaeology now (for example, both of my senior HEAs are female as are half the regional HEAs (Historic Environment Advisors), EH has female inspectors etc, universities have more female lecturing staff - however as you say it's not a profession that reflect the make up of British society in gender terms (or in ethnic background) . But then very few professions do this and it will take several working generations to get anywhere close.
From: British archaeology discussion list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of J DAVIS
Sent: 13 July 2010 16:54
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] The best archaeologists in the world...ever!
1970s?? Good grief!
"The majority" of archaeologists in positions that enable them to become famous are still are male, middle class and quite pale (whether they're straight or gay seemed unimportant by 1980s).
Yes, it's improving in that there are some women who are visible rather than just the odd one here and there, but there's still a long way to go.
Janet E Davis
--- On Tue, 13/7/10, McCrone, Peter (NE) wrote:
> Trouble with trying to get a list of famous archaeologists
> is that the majority of archaeologists in positions that
> enabled them to become famous, as in most professions, WERE
> male, middle class etc until the 1970s or thereabouts.
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