The women uncovering our past

Female archeologists have made inroads into the traditionally maledominated field, bringing ancient Jerusalem to life.

March 3, 2016 12:12
Israel archeology

(Left to right) archeologists Ayala Dimant, Tehilla Zmiri, Shiran Ever and Dvora Cohen. (photo credit: ADINA GRAHAM – CITY OF DAVID FOUNDATION)


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Typically, when one thinks of an archeologist, the image of a man, sweaty from his labor digging through dirt, sand and caves for treasure and legend, comes to mind. Likely he’s an Indiana Jones type, a lasso-wielding, jeep-riding, five-o’clockshadow sporting man’s man who wears dirt and grime with macho pride. Or perhaps he’s someone more like Ross from Friends or the stuffy British professor who drones on about mummies and pyramids over puffs on his pipe. Either way, he’s a dude.

And yet women are actually very much involved in the field. In fact, the most well-known archeologist in Israel is Dr. Eilat Mazar, who has spent much of the last decade excavating ancient Jerusalem and just recently announced the discovery of the royal seal of the biblical king Hezekiah.


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