Dig­ging women

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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

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