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The Life of Margaret Alice Murray: A Woman's Work in Archaeology

by Kathleen L. Sheppard, Ph.D

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0739174177, Hardcover)

The Life of Margaret Alice Murray: A Woman’s Work in Archaeology, by Kathleen L. Sheppard, is the first book-length biography of Margaret Alice Murray (1863-1963), a woman practicing professional archaeology at the beginning of the twentieth century. Living an unlikely life story, Murray experienced a number of successes in her professional life, but her career has received little attention historically because she has mainly been seen in the shadow of her mentor, Sir Flinders Petrie. In Murray’s case, this oversight has obscured the significance of her career in terms of her fieldwork, the students she trained, her administration of the pioneering Egyptology department at University College London (UCL), as well as her work outside of that institution, as well as her published works. Rather than point out that Murray was involved in Petrie’s archaeological program, Sheppard argues that Murray was a practicing scientist with theories, ideas, and accomplishments of her own. This book analyzes the life and career of Margaret Alice Murray as a teacher, excavator, scholar, and popularizer of Egyptology, archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, and more. Sheppard also analyzes areas outside of Murray’s archaeology career, including her involvement in the suffrage movement, her work in folklore and witchcraft studies, and her life after her official retirement from University College London (UCL).

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