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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 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Doris Zemurray was the daughter of Samuel Zemurray, a Russian immigrant who founded the Cuyamel Fruit Company the following year. He built the company into a successful venture, later famously selling it to the United Fruit Company giant in 1930 only to subsequently engineer a reverse takeover of sorts, serving as the latter's director in a profitable, if ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 85 (1909-1994)

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 introductory archaeology course, required for the anthropology major at the university. ...more on Wikipedia

Kathleen Kenyon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Archaeologists
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Dame Kathleen Mary Kenyon, (5 January 1906 – 24 August 1978) was a leading British archaeologist of Neolithic culture in the Fertile Crescent. She is best known for her excavations of Tell es-Sultan, the site of ancient Jericho, from 1952 to 1958, and has been called one of the most influential archaeologists of the 20th century. She was Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford from 1962 to 1973. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 72 (1906-1978)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Zelia Nuttall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Archaeologists
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Zelia Maria Magdalena Nuttall (6 September 1857, San Francisco – 12 April 1933, Coyoacán, Mexico) was an American archaeologist and anthropologist specialised in pre-Aztec Mexican cultures and pre-Columbian manuscripts. She discovered two forgotten manuscripts of this type in private collections, one of them being the Codex Zouche-Nuttall. She was one of the first to identify and recognise artefacts dating back to the pre-Aztec period. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 76 (1857-1933)

Birthplace: California