More than half of today’s college graduates in archaeology are women, according to Eric Blinman, director of the state’s Office of Archaeological Studies. The science has long benefited from women’s insights and efforts, although this was infrequently acknowledged.
Blinman is one of five presenters in a lecture series titled Archaeology & Women in the Southwest. Another is Nancy J. Parezo, professor of American Indian studies and anthropology at the University of Arizona. In an abstract for her talk, Parezo asks how many know that Matilda Coxe Stevenson was a member of the first scientific surveying trip to Canyon de Chelly, or that Emma Mindeleff and Theresa Russell worked with their husbands on archaeological surveys? Probably not many, she answers, because none of these women are listed in official reports of the digs on which they worked. “But the early decades of archaeology in Arizona and New Mexico are filled with stalwart ladies who got their boot in the door before the 1920s,” Parezo says.
Each of the lectures in the series, which is sponsored by Friends of Archaeology, takes place at the New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave., at 6 p.m.
Women Friday, of Jan. Southwestern 21 Nancy Archaeology” Parezo: “A Boot in the Door, Pioneering
Friday, Jan. 28 Shelby Tisdale: “Marjorie Ferguson Lambert, Archaeologist and Museum Professional”
Friday, Feb. 4 Catherine Fowler: “Bertha Dutton: Galisteo Archaeologist and Girl Scout Mentor”
Friday, Feb. 11 Eric Blinman: “Women of Substance: Anna O. Shepard, Florence H. Ellis, and A. Helene Warren”
Friday, Feb. 18 Kelley Hays-Gilpin: “We Can Do It! Women, Gender, and Feminism in Archaeology”
The cost is $65 for the series, $16 per lecture; discounts for students. Tickets are available from Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic (988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.org) and at the door; call 992-2715, Ext. 8, for information.
Archaeologist Florence Hawley Ellis, right, supervising a 1964 New Mexico dig; Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, NMHM/DCA Neg. No. 029747