Friday, April 10, 2015

As Florida Archaeology Month drew to a close I realized that ever year in March we miss out on celebrating Women's History Month. Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to celebrate women in Florida archaeology?

Now there is!

We began Unofficial Women's Archaeology Week posts on our Facebook page this week and found no end to the women in Florida archaeology to celebrate. Here are a few from the collective posts. Add your favorite in the comments and we'll try to make in an annual habit--unofficially, that is;)

The image above comes from the post that started it all...spontaneous Kathy Deagan photo contest as we tried to help out a local exhibit in need of her likeness. Visit her virtual St. Augustine exhibit on the Florida Museum of Natural History's website.

Also from FLMNH, we got to meet Barbara Purdy when she came to talk to the St. Augustine Archaeology Association. Another amazing Florida archaeologist!

If you've been to Mission San Luis and liked what you saw, you have Bonnie McEwan to thank!

None of us at FPAN would be here today if it were not for the advocacy efforts of Judy Bense, now President of the University of West Florida.

And two more of our fearless leader in action (I can't resist)!

Rebecca Saunders came to Florida recently to give a lecture on Mission Period archaeology at the Amelia Island Museum of History. Check out parts 1-5 on their YouTube channel!

Last but not least, Nancy White! She contributed to the volume Grit Tempered which is a great place to start if you are interested in learning more about women in archaeology, particularly in the southeast. 

For more information on Grit Tempered check out the book available from University Press of Florida or at your local library.

Why do so many of these pictures look like they are from a PowerPoint presentation? Because they are! Contact us to request a presentation on Famous Florida Women Archaeologists and again leave your comments below with nominations for next year!

Text: Sarah Miller
Images: from Grit Tempered 2: Famous Florida Women Archaeologists presentation for public audiences. Most photos saved from the websites referenced in the intro or on staff webpages at host institutions.

Now...wasn't that better than this:
Angelina Jolie as an...archaeologist?

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