Amazons of Archaeology: Hidden Histories of Trailblazing Women with Dr. Amara Thornton

Amazons of Archaeology: Hidden Histories of Trailblazing Women with Dr. Amara Thornton


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We've all heard of the Amazons, legendary warrior women of the ancient world. But who were the modern Amazons responsible for ensuring those ancient civilizations are still known today? What countries did they travel to? What were their lives like in the field and at home? Where can you see artifacts associated with them? What did they fight for in their own day? This Conversation seeks to discover these trailblazing women through their own words and experiences and see the world through their eyes.

Behind the collections of every museum and heritage site are hidden histories of women, many of which this Conversation will explore. One such is Gertrude Bell, a noted explorer, and anti-suffragist who traveled through the Middle East in the early 20th century and played an important role in setting up the Museum in Baghdad, Iraq. Another is Margaret Murray, an Egyptologist whose interest in witchcraft inspired the modern Wicca movement. But there are many more women to discover, including the Anglo-Egyptian heiress Selima Harris, who excavated in Egypt in the mid-19th century, and accomplished artists like the suffragette Jessie Mothersole, who walked the entire length of Hadrian's Wall painting as she went, or Winifred Brunton whose 'modern portraits' of ancient Egyptian royalty have inspired how ancient Egypt has been shown on stage and screen.

We will discuss how women's work in archaeology was recorded and how it was overlooked, how this impacts the way we understand and appreciate museum collections today, and how these hidden histories might be made more visible in the future. Led by an expert in the history of archaeology and museums, Dr. Amara Thornton, this interactive seminar will explore the history of women in the discovery and promotion of ancient pasts. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation for women's contributions to museums and heritage sites across the globe.

Dr. Amara Thornton is a historian of archaeology. Her book Archaeologists in Print was published in 2018 and is a history of popular publishing in archaeology. She has extensive knowledge of the lives of early 20th century archaeologists, enjoys diving into archaeological archives, and has and a keen interest in archaeological horror stories.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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