A Day in the Life of an Archaeologist: Field Report

Maria Smith on site in Peru. When people find out that I am an archaeologist they often respond with “oh that’s so cool! I’ve never met an archaeologist before,” which is generally followed up by the question “what’s it like to be...

The Pharaoh Like No Other

Hatshepsut absolutely fascinates me, for the simple fact that she was one of Egypt’s greatest Pharaohs and until recently, had remained relatively unknown. Her reign was during the 18th Dynasty in the New Kingdom and ran from approximately 1478 to 1458 BCE....

Girls in Video Games: Lara Croft

Lara Croft is the iconic English female archaeologist character from the Square Enix franchise Tomb Raider, who first appeared in the 1996 video game of the same name. She’s known for being both smart and beautiful but also willing to wade through dangerous...

STEM Girls: Mary Leakey

Mary Douglas Nicol was born in February of 1913. Her father was a landscape artist, which led Mary to spend much of her childhood in Europe where he painted- notably in the Dordogne and Les Eyzies, regions rich in prehistoric art and archaeological sites. Mary’s...

STEM Girls: Johanna Mestorf

Born in 1828 in Germany, Johanna Mestorf taught herself to become an archaeologist. After serving as a governess in Sweden at the age of 21‚ where she studied Scandinavian languages, she spent several years as a traveling companion, going to Italy and France on...

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