The Life of Margaret Alice Murray: A Woman’s Work in Archaeology

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Lexington Books, Aug 1, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 292 pages
The Life of Margaret Alice Murray: A Woman’s Work in Archaeology is the first book-length biography of Margaret Alice Murray (1863–1963), one of the first women to practice archeology. Despite Murray’s numerous professional successes, her career has received little attention because she has been overshadowed by her mentor, Sir Flinders Petrie. This oversight has obscured the significance of her career including her fieldwork, the students she trained, her administration of the pioneering Egyptology Department at University College London (UCL), and her published works. Rather than focusing on Murray’s involvement in Petrie’s archaeological program, Kathleen L. Sheppard treats Murray as a practicing scientist with theories, ideas, and accomplishments of her own. This book analyzes the life and career of Margaret Alice Murray as a teacher, excavator, scholar, and popularizer of Egyptology, archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, and more. Sheppard also analyzes areas outside of Murray’s archaeology career, including her involvement in the suffrage movement, her work in folklore and witchcraft studies, and her life after her official retirement from UCL.
 

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Contents

1 Margaret Murrays India 18631894
1
2 University College 18941902
37
3 In the Field 19021904
59
4 The Classroom at UCL 19041935
81
5 Suffrage and the New Woman 19041928
105
6 The ClassroomatLarge 19041935
121
7 The WitchCult Hypothesis and Other Adventures on the Lunatic Fringe 19111935
161
8 Malta Minorca and Other Archaeology 19141939
197
9 Retirement 19351963
223
Conclusion
235
Bibliography
241
Index
261
About the Author
267
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Kathleen L. Sheppard is assistant professor of history at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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