Who’s “That Girl”: British, South African, & American women as Africanist archaeologists in colonial Africa (1860s to 1960s).
This paper reviews the accomplishments of British, South African, and American women Africanist archaeologists who worked between the 1860s and the 1960s. Despite their many significant contributions to African archaeological method and theory, especially those exposing the importance of indigenous populations to their own cultural development, the work of these women tends to be either appropriated or ignored by their contemporaries and by present day archaeologists. A postcolonial feminist analysis draws on the colonial context in which African archaeology developed and the continued Western domination of the discipline to provide a background for understanding how and why these women are omitted from historiographies of African archaeology.
Weedman, K. (2001). Who’s “That Girl”: British, South African, & American women as Africanist archaeologists in colonial Africa (1860s to 1960s). African Archaeological Review, 18(1), 1-47. DOI: 10.1023/A:1006793522666
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