With Grit and Determination


First up in our UPAC Book Celebration is "With Grit and Determination: A Century of Change for Women in Great Basin and American Archaeology" edited by Suzanne Eskenazi, Nicole M. Herzog.


Suzy and Nicole pulled together this edited volume of stories from women in Great Basin archaeology in 2020 that Barbara Voorhies says "...[is] useful for women considering archaeology as a career choice."


Spanning more than one hundred years of women’s careers and lives, this collection illuminates what it was and is to be a female archaeologist. These personal accounts of researchers, ethnographers, and field archaeologists in the private, public, and academic sectors highlight the unique role women have played in the development of American and Great Basin archaeology. Written by women trained or working in the Great Basin, these accounts reflect the broader landscape of American archaeology, offering a glimpse into a larger narrative about making one’s way in a historically male field. By sharing their stories, the authors highlight the positive aspects of the field, recognize the challenges that still exist, and encourage conversations about inclusion, diversity, and the future of archaeology in the Great Basin and beyond. Their authentic and intimate narratives inspire us to look at challenges not as roadblocks, but as opportunities for lifelong growth and success.


The editors were also interviewed for the Preservation Technology Podcast.


Have you read this book? Are you a contributor? Let us know in the comments!

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