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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

Age: Died at 85 (1909-1994)

Profession: Archaeologist


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

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

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

Age: Died at 76 (1857-1933)

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Profession: Anthropologist, Science writer, Archaeologist

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