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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 ...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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Archaeologists
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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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Archaeologists
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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 listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Archaeologists
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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: 63

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 ...more

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Age: 71

Birthplace: United States of America

Profession: Anthropologist, Archaeologist

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