Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Librarian's Pick: Ladies of the Field

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

Author: Adams, Amanda
ISBN: 9781553654339
Call Number: 930.1092 ADA 2010

Summary: The seven adventurous ladies - Gertrude Bell, Harriet Boyd-Hawes, Agatha Christie, Jane Dieulafoy, Amelia Edwards, Dorothy Garrod, and Zelia Nuttall - highlighted in this book were pioneering archaeologists. Their life stories make the Victorian era's “men only in archaeology” attitude, which continued in the archaeological field into the twentieth century, very evident; but they did not let that hardship stop them from accomplishing much in their domain. The inclusion of Agatha Christie’s love of archaeology helps to explain three of her crime mysteries. This well-researched collection includes a glossary, notes, bibliography, and index. The reader is left with a great admiration of these female archaeologists.

Books to read: The books about archaeology are classified as 930.1.

Reviewed by: Mary

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