Shahina Farid: Lady of the Höyük

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Shahina Farid

Although most people associate the famous Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in central Turkey with James Mellaart and Ian Hodder, there is one person who is arguably the most important in the history of excavations at this World Heritage Site:  Shahina Farid. Shahina was born in London to parents who migrated from Pakistan, and attended school in Camden. Her first exposure to archaeology was a school visit to the Tutankhamun exhibition at the British Museum, and by age 15 she has already decided she was going to be and archaeologist, and was spent her time volunteering on local excavations. She studied archaeology at the University of Liverpool, but her true passion was to be out in the field, and following graduation she spent several years as a professional in commercial archaeology in London and on projects in Turkey, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Many would agree that she is the best field archaeologist in the business. She was invited to join the Çatalhöyük project as field director in the 1990s, where she worked for almost 20 years.  Although she does not consider herself an academic, her expertise has been the driving force behind the iconic excavation and her impact on the wider discipline cannot be overstated. Her work in constructing the Çatalhöyük stratigraphic sequence is the cornerstone of countless archaeological and scientific studies, reflected in her publication record of over 40 articles and reports, and without her input, reflexive methodology would only be a theory. Managing the communication and interaction of an international team of over 200 academics and students is no mean feat, and despite her firm, no nonsense attitude to work in the field, Shahina has also been a mentor to a generation of archaeologists who have worked at the site, and an inspiration to all. She left Çatalhöyük in 2012, but will always be thought of as the Lady of the Höyük. She now works for English Heritage on the Scientific Dating Team. But we’re sure she’ll be getting the trowel back out before too long…

Post submitted by Lisa-Marie Shillito ( @ArchaeologyLisa)

edited by Brenna

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Hypatia: the Martyr Mathematician (350~370?-415 CE)

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There are few women whose legacies have been more of a political football than Hypatia of Alexandria. She was not only the last scientist to work in the Library of Alexandria, but the first female mathematician in recorded history. She also was an expert astronomer, philosopher, physicist, and overachiever. Unfortunately, Hypatia was killed by a mob of Christian zealots in particularly grisly fashion, turning her life story into a point of contention for centuries to come. Let’s try and unwind this gordian knot after the cut.

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ivanthays:

En la Banned Books Week 2014 (Semana de los Libros Prohibidos 2014) el extraordinario Grant Snider nos deja este estupendo dibujo. 
writersflow:

Happy Banned Books Week!
What banned or challenged book are you reading?

ivanthays:

En la Banned Books Week 2014 (Semana de los Libros Prohibidos 2014) el extraordinario Grant Snider nos deja este estupendo dibujo. 

writersflow:

Happy Banned Books Week!

What banned or challenged book are you reading?

joehillsthrills:

gr-comics:

My pitch for the first Marvel-Pixar movie…

Dear Marvel, please contact Gabriel Rodriguez about getting this artwork on a mug so I can buy it pleeeeeeeeeease….
Am also reminded all over again that Gabe has an imagination that can leap tall buildings in a single bound. He’s a real-life Superman of the arts.

I agree!

joehillsthrills:

gr-comics:

My pitch for the first Marvel-Pixar movie…

Dear Marvel, please contact Gabriel Rodriguez about getting this artwork on a mug so I can buy it pleeeeeeeeeease….

Am also reminded all over again that Gabe has an imagination that can leap tall buildings in a single bound. He’s a real-life Superman of the arts.

I agree!

Boudica: the Headhunter Queen (20s?-60 AD)

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At the height of its power, Rome once seriously considered giving up its British holdings entirely. The reason? Queen Boudica, whose brutal revenge spree made her the Roman bogeyman for generations. She killed 70,000 people, burnt London to the ground, established herself as the most famous headhunter of all time - and to this day, Britain loves her for it.

You can stop emailing me about her now. More after the cut.

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Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin — Trowelblazing her way to a Nobel Prize!

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Dorothy Hodgkin (then Crowfoot) ca. 1920s, as she was when she excavated at Jerash in her late teens (with thanks to the Crowfoot family for providing this image - All Rights Reserved)

For awesomeness it is hard to beat Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910 – 1994). She won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1964, the first British woman scientist to do so, for her X-ray crystallographic studies of penicillin and vitamin B12. This October sees the 50th anniversary of the announcement of her prize, and she still remains the only woman in Britain to win a science Nobel.

But, I hear you say, why are we talking about her here? Dorothy Crowfoot came from a distinguished family of archaeologists, many of them women. Her father John Winter Crowfoot became Director of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem in 1926 (see his obituary by Kathleen Kenyonpdf). Her mother, Grace ‘Molly’ Crowfoot, and her sisters Joan Crowfoot Payne and Elisabeth Crowfoot have already been acknowledged as part of the Trowelblazers network. Her youngest sister Diana Crowfoot Rowley deserves a place too, having worked for decades with her husband Graham Rowley on the archaeology, anthropology and geology of the Canadian Arctic. Dorothy’s niece Susan Rowley is a curator at the Museum of Anthropology in British Columbia, who has carried out her own archaeological fieldwork in the Arctic. Quite a Trowelblazers pedigree!

A Passion for Patterns

Dorothy might well have become an archaeologist too, had she not been ‘captured’ by chemistry and crystals at the age of ten. She certainly shared her parents’ passion for the subject. Between passing the Oxford entrance examination in March 1928 and taking up her place at Somerville College to read Chemistry in October that year, she joined them on a new excavation of the ancient city of Jerash, in what is now Jordan. She took on the role of recording the patterns of the stunning mosaic pavements that emerged as the soil was brushed away from the remains of more than a dozen 5th and 6th century Byzantine churches.

As her later career as an X-ray crystallographer showed, Dorothy never gave up a task half way through. She took her partly completed illustrations back to Oxford, and spent more than a year finishing them. Drawing the pattern precisely to scale, she represented each 1cm tessera, or tile, as a 1mm dot of paint. She sent the completed illustrations to Yale University, which had co-sponsored the dig, and there they remain to this day as part of the official record of the excavation….READ MORE

By Georgina Ferry (@geoferry)

Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life by Georgina Ferry is reissued by Bloomsbury Publishing on 11 September 2014.

For more on Dorothy Hodgkin, see her beautiful mosaic paintings and find out about the huge number of women she worked with (in archaeology and crystallography) go to trowelblazers.com

La Jaguarina: Queen of the Sword (1859 or 1864-?)

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In April 1896, hardened military veteran US Sergeant Charles Walsh, in front of a crowd of 4,000 onlookers, turned tail and ran. Mere minutes earlier, during a round of equestrian fencing, he’d been hit so hard he’d been nearly knocked off his horse – so hard that his opponent’s sword was permanently bent backwards in a U shape. In response, Walsh did the honorable thing: jumped from his horse, claimed that the judge was cheating, and fled the scene, to the jeers of the massive crowd.

His opponent? A woman known as La Jaguarina, Queen of Swords – an undefeated sword master who later retired only because she ran out of people to fight. Had she born 25 years later, according to the US Fencing Fall of Fame, she might be recognized as “the world’s first great woman fencer.” This week we tell the tale of this largely-forgotten heroine.

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Tomyris: the Promise-Keeper (6th century BCE)

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This week we celebrate Tomyris, a woman who was legendary 500 years before the birth of Jesus. When the aggressive ruler of the world’s largest empire set his eyes on her country, she: turned down his marriage proposal, crushed his armies, and defiled his decapitated head in a manner so humiliating she was a household name for centuries. More on this incredible woman after the break.

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Próximo ingreso de la escritora Mariana Ruiz Romero a la Academia Boliviana de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil

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El próximo jueves 18 de septiembre, a horas 19:00, en el Anexo del Espacio Simón I. Patiño
 

 (La Paz), la escritora Mariana Ruiz Romero hará su ingreso oficial a la Academia Boliviana de Literatura Infantil. Con ese motivo, la escritora realizará la lectura en público de su trabajo de investigación “Elda Alarcón de Cárdenas: vida y obra”.

Mariana Ruiz nació en Tarija en 1982. Es poeta y cuentista. Cultiva de manera especial la literatura para niños. Estudió filosofía y letras en la Universidad Católica de Cochabamba, luego hizo una maestría en Relaciones Internacionales en Córdoba, Argentina, además de tomar cursos de cocina, hecho que ayudó a su primera publicación. Ha colaborado en diversos suplementos literarios en su país. Ha publicado Los secretos de Rosalba, coedición argentino-boliviana. Es parte de la antología joven de poesía boliviana “Cambio Climático” editada por el Centro Cultural Simón I. Patiño.

 
Respecto de su trabajo para niños, la autora le dijo al diario Página Siete: “No importa si vivimos en tiempos donde las tecnologías ofrecen cosas increíbles. Siempre y cuando ofrezcamos algo interesante a los niños, ellos leerán un libro; sin embargo, no hay que descuidar la forma (el formato) de los textos, como en el caso de Uma, las ilustraciones son increíbles”.

 

Los libros publicados por la autora y dedicados a la literatura infantil son: Uma y el círculo mágico, Uma y el tren a las estrellas, Uma y el guardían de los animales, El baile de los dioses. El cuento : “Edredones, frazadas y sueños” es parte de la Antología, “Dicen que en mi país”, todos los libros sus libros son editados por Editorial La Hoguera. 

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