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A wonderful compendium of information, TrowelBlazers was created by four women dedicated to "highlighting the contributions of women in the 'digging' sciences: archaeology, geology, and palaeontology, and to outreach activities aimed at encouraging participation, especially from under-represented minorities." The four creators - Brenna Hasset, Tori Herridge, Suzanne Pilaar Birch, and Rebecca Wragg Sykes - are based at educational institutions and museums in the U.S. and the U.K., and all have backgrounds and expertise in archeology and related fields. At the heart of the site are two main sections featuring blog posts and articles covering a variety of interviews, biographies, drawings, poetry, videos, and more. For instance, a recent blog post includes a beautifully crafted animation (or "TrowelToon") about Zheng Zhenxiang, who was the first female archaeologist in China. The animation was created by Genevieve Cheung and Sara Duckworth as part of the 2021 University College London TrowelBlazers Digital Fieldwork Project. (For those interested, more information about other students who participated and their projects can be found in a later post.) Another recent article provides a brief overview of the career of Gertrude Labib Nassim, who was an Egyptian geologist and one of the first women in Egypt to earn a science PhD. Her geological research in the 1940s and 1950s concerned desert nickel and oolithic hematite deposits. Interested readers can follow the project on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (@trowelblazers on all three platforms).
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December 10th, 2021
Date Of Record Creation
December 3rd, 2021 at 11:25am
Date Of Record Release
December 6th, 2021 at 8:21am
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