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Archaeology, Sexism, and Scandal: The…

Archaeology, Sexism, and Scandal: The Long-Suppressed Story of One…

by Alan Kaiser

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This book is dedicated to all of the unsung heroines of early archaeology: the unacknowledged women graduate students who did not continue in the field and the wives of archaeologists who toiled on excavations but never saw their names on the publications they helped produce. This is the story of one such woman and it must stand as a proxy for all those whose names and contributions to the field we will never know
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When people meet me for the first time at a party or other social function and they find out I am a classical archaeologist the question they always ask is about my most exciting discovery.
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The 1931 excavation season at Olynthus, Greece, changed how archaeologists study material culture, and was the nexus of one of the most egregious cases of plagiarism in the history of classical archaeology. Kaiser draws on the private scrapbook that budding archaeologist Mary Ross Ellingson compiled during that dig, and recounts how the unearthing of private homes emerged as a means to examine the day-to-day of ancient life in Greece. He shows that David Robinson stole Ellingson's words and insights for his own, and many fellow academics were complicit in the theft.… (more)

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