History of Women in the Discipline

The contribution made by women to ancient world studies in Australia and New Zealand has often been neglected. Few publications are devoted to their achievements. A notable exception is Ron Ridley’s Jessie Webb – A Memoir (Melbourne: University of Melbourne Press, 1994). Much of the history of these women has been lost. As part of its initial charter, AWAWS is committed to preserving the history of women in the discipline.

Preliminary work is underway but in order to do this, we need your help. We are gathering material on women in the discipline who made a significant contribution to the field and the life of ancient world studies in Australia and New Zealand.

If you have any bibliography, photographs, letters, course outlines, articles, stories, or anecdotes, please contact socawaws [at] gmail.com.

In this vein, you may be interested in viewing an interview with Associate Professor Judy Birmingham of the University of Sydney, hosted by the Nicholson Museum. Judy Birmingham studied at the Institute of Archaeology in London under Sir Max Mallowan and undertook extensive fieldwork in the Middle East, Cyprus, Greece and Britain. She also pioneered historical archaeology in Australia. Here she discusses with Dr Craig Barker her career, from the pre-historic through to the historic periods in archaeology, and her involvement over five decades with the Nicholson Museum.

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