Cultural Negotiations


Cultural Negotiations

The Role of Women in the Founding of Americanist Archaeology

David L. Browman

Critical Studies in the History of Anthropology Series

360 pages


June 2013


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About the Book

This meticulously researched reference work documents the role of women who contributed to the development of Americanist archaeology from 1865 to 1940. Between the Civil War and World War II, many women went into anthropology and archaeology, fields that, at the beginning of this period, welcomed and made room for amateurs of both genders. But over time, the increasingly professional structure of these fields diminished or even obscured the contributions of women due to their lack of access to prestigious academic employment and publishing opportunities. As a result, a woman archaeologist during this period often published her research under her husband’s name or as a junior author with her husband.

In Cultural Negotiations archaeologist David L. Browman has scoured the archaeological literature and archival records of several institutions to bring the stories of more than two hundred women in Americanist archaeology to light through detailed biographies that discuss their contributions and publications. This work highlights how the social and cultural construction of archaeology as a field marginalized women and will serve as an invaluable reference to those researchers who continue to uncover the history of women in the sciences.

Author Bio

David L. Browman is a professor of anthropology and the director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the coauthor of Anthropology at Harvard: A Biographical History, 1790–1940 and the coeditor of New Perspectives on the Origins of Americanist Archaeology.


"Browman has accumulated an impressive account of pioneering women unknown to most archaeologists."—Silvia Tomaskova, American Antiquity

"Cultural Negotiations: the Role of Women in the Founding of Americanist Archaeology provides valuable information on the history of American Archaeology and the contributions of the many unrecognized women who entered the field."—Nurit G. Finn, Journal of the Iowa Archeological Society
"This welcome volume reexamines the history of archaeology with a great deal of new insights and data, warts and all."—Nancy White, Journal of Anthropological Research

"Cultural Negotiations is an invaluable reference work, and I would highly recommend it as a starting point for graduate students and others looking for future projects."—Isis

Table of Contents

Series Editors' Introduction 
1. Women of the Period 1865 to 1900 
2. New Directions in the Period 1900 to 1920 
3. Women Entering the Field during the "Roaring Twenties" 
4. Women Entering Archaeology, 1930 to 1940 
Concluding Remarks 

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