On November 24th, Turkey’s president Erdogan declared that women are not equal to men. However, the specific statement that rung across the archaeological community was “You cannot tell them [women] to go out and dig the soil. This is against their delicate nature”. Archaeologists, both male and female, responded on Twitter almost immediately, starting the #womendigging trend. Many, including CAP members, posted photographs of themselves in action.
— Lynne Goldstein (@lynnegoldstein) November 25, 2014
— #AskAnArchaeologist named Blair ♠️ (@BlairZaid) November 26, 2014
Although the trend has slowed down, people are still posting #womendigging photos, and CAP is proud to continue the trend. So now we’re proud to present a few images from women digging through CAP history:
2008- Jane W. and Jen B. map a different wall at Faculty Row.
2009 – Erica digs the first Shovel Test Pit
2013 –Trench 1, cleaning plaster floor off
2014 – Old Vet Lab Excavation: Led by Kate, Team includes Adrianne, Katy, Josh and Ian