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Book Review: Ladies of the Field by Amanda Adams

Amanda Adams’ book, Ladies of the Field: Early Women Archaeologists and Their Search for Adventure (which you can buy on Amazon/Amazon UK), delves into the extraordinary lives of seven female archaeologists who, like Lara, threw convention to the wind to travel to faraway lands in pursuit of knowledge and adventure.

Some were mothers, some never married, some were devoted wives who worked alongside their husbands, but all were inspirational, courageous and determined women who made names for themselves in a male-dominated field and helped shape the world around them.

The seven women whose lives are explored in Adams’ book are, in order of appearance:

Ladies of the Field: Early Women Archaeologists and Their Search for Adventure by Amanda Adams

The author devotes a mere 20-30 pages to each woman so we are only given a brief glimpse into their lives and careers. If you’re expecting in-depth, heavily referenced biographies, you will be disappointed as it’s obvious that this book is intended for the general public. It is, however, an excellent introduction to some of archaeology’s most fascinating female scholars and proof that women were capable of being every bit as pioneering and ground-breaking as their male contemporaries at a time when women were largely confined to the home.

If you’re interested in learning more about these trailblazing women, you might enjoy the following:

You should also check out this list of 10 biographies of early female archaeologists and explorers for further reading suggestions.

Alternatively, you can find plenty of information about these and other female pioneers over at Trowel Blazers, a site that celebrates the lives of female archaeologists, palaeontologists and geologists, past and present.

You can also follow the Trowel Blazer crew on Twitter: @trowelblazers.


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