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

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Greystone Books, a division of D&M, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
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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.

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User Review  - rrainer - LibraryThing

What a remarkable and captivating book! And one that pays equal respect and attention to the fact that these people were pioneers in their field, and that they were women in their field; both are ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jen Silver - Goodreads

Other readers have commented that they didn't think this book was academic enough. I think that's missing the point. The author wanted to focus on the achievements of these women at a time when ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Amanda Adamsis a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and holds a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of one previous work of nonfiction,A Mermaid’s Tale: A Personal Search for Love and Lore.

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