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Famous Female Archaeologists

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List of famous female archaeologists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female archaeologists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being archaeologists. There are thousand of females working as archaeologists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic archaeologists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a archaeologist then the people below should give you inspiration.

List people include Margaret Conkey, Joyce Marcus and many additional people as well.

While this isn't a list of all female archaeologists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female archaeologists?" and "Who are the best female archaeologists?"


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    Doris Stone

    Doris Zemurray Stone was an archaeologist and ethnographer, specializing in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and the so-called "Intermediate Area" of lower Central America. She served as the director of the National Museum of Costa Rica and endowed numerous professorial chairs in U.S. universities. Born 1909 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1909-1994)
    • Profession: Archaeologist
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    Rita P. Wright is an American anthropologist, and professor at New York University. She graduated from Wellesley College, with a B.A. in 1975, and from Harvard University with an M.A. in 1978 and Ph.D. in 1984. She specializes in near east societies and gender roles. She currently teaches the ...more

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    • Profession: Archaeologist
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    Kathleen Kenyon
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    Dame Kathleen Mary Kenyon, DBE, was a leading archaeologist of Neolithic culture in the Fertile Crescent. Former Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford and best known for her excavations of Jericho and Bangalow in 1952-1958, she has been called the most influential female archaeologist of the 20th ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1906-1978)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Archaeologist
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    Zelia Nuttall
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    Zelia Maria Magdalena Nuttall was an American archaeologist and anthropologist.more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1857-1933)
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Anthropologist, Science writer, Archaeologist
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    Kathleen O'Neal Gear is an American writer. Gear is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has twice received the federal government's Special Advancement Award for "outstanding management" of the US nation's cultural ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Tulare, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Historian, Novelist, Writer, Archaeologist
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    Emeline Hurd Hill Richardson was a notable classical archaeologist and Etruscan scholar. Hill was the daughter of William Hurd Hill and Emeleen Carlisle. She studied at Radcliffe College, receiving an A.B. in 1932 and an M.A. in 1935. In 1935/36 she studied with Bernard Ashmole at the University of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1910-1999)
    • Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Archaeologist
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    Elizabeth Williams is a theatrical producer.more

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    • Profession: Theatrical producer, Educator
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    Alana Kathleen Cordy-Collins is Professor of Anthropology at the University of San Diego. She is an archaeologist whose primary specialization is Peruvian prehistory. She was born June 5, 1944, in Los Angeles, California. Her father was Mayanist Napoleon Cordy. A cousin, Ross Cordy, is an anthropologist ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Anthropologist, Archaeologist
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    Gail Carriger
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    Gail Carriger is the pen name of Tofa Borregaard, an archaeologist and author of steampunk fiction. She was born in Bolinas, an unincorporated community in Marin County, California, and attended high school at Marin Academy. She received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, a masters of ...more

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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Bolinas, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Author, Writer, Archaeologist
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    Emily Dickinson Townsend Vermeule was an American classical scholar and archaeologist.more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1928-2001)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Archaeologist
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    Joan Breton Connelly is an American classical archaeologist and Professor of Classics and Art History at New York University. She is Director of the Yeronisos Island Excavations and Field School in Cyprus. Connelly was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1996. She received the Archaeological Institute of ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Profession: Archaeologist
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    Sarah Helen Parcak, assistant professor of Anthropology and Director of the Laboratory for Global Observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is an American archaeologist, space archaeologist, and Egyptologist, who uses satellite imaging to identify potential archaeological sites in Egypt ...more

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    • Birthplace: Bangor, Maine, United States of America
    • Profession: Egyptologist, Archaeologist
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    Esther Boise Van Deman was a leading archaeologist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She was born in South Salem, Ohio, to Joseph Van Deman and his second wife, Martha Millspaugh. She was the youngest of six children, including two boys by her father's first marriage.more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1862-1937)
    • Birthplace: South Salem, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Archaeologist
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    Mabel Louise Lang was an American archaeologist and scholar of Classical Greek and Mycenaean culture. She served on the faculty of Bryn Mawr College until 1991 and was professor emerita there until her death. She was the author of several books on Classical Greek law and culture, and was a contributor ...more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1917-2010)
    • Profession: Archaeologist
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    Karin Nicole Sowada is an Australian archaeologist and former politician. She served two years as an Australian Democrats senator for New South Wales between 1991 and 1993, filling the casual vacancy created by the resignation of Paul McLean. Defeated at the 1993 election, she briefly returned to public ...more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Profession: Politician, Archaeologist
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    Sarah Milledge Nelson is an American archaeologist and a professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Denver, United States. Nelson was raised in Florida and obtained her PhD from the University of Michigan in 1973. Nelson is known for her research on the archaeology of East Asia, in ...more

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    • Age: age 84
    • Profession: Archaeologist
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    Jacquetta Hawkes

    Jacquetta Hawkes was a British archaeologist and writer. Born Jessie Jacquetta Hopkins, the daughter of Nobel Prize-winning scientist, Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, she married first Christopher Hawkes, then an Assistant Keeper at the British Museum, in 1933. From 1953, she was married to J. B.more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1910-1996)
    • Birthplace: Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Writer, Archaeologist
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    Dorothy Burr Thompson was a classical archaeologist and art historian at Bryn Mawr College and a leading authority on Hellenistic terracotta figurines.more

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    • Age: Died at 101 (1900-2001)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Archaeologist
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    Sara Yorke Stevenson
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    Sara Yorke Stevenson was a prominent American arch├Žologist and female rights activist.more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1847-1921)
    • Profession: Historian, Writer, Archaeologist
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    Harriet Boyd Hawes was a pioneering American archaeologist, nurse and relief worker. She is best known as the first director of an archaeological excavation to discover and excavate a Minoan settlement and palace site on the Aegean island of Crete.more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1871-1945)
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Archaeologist
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