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FROM THE DIRECTOR

Reflecting on women in history

As archaeologists we study great women in history, but let’s remember our own histories and the women that inspired us. These are the women who touched our lives - grandmothers, mothers, educators, colleagues, students, daughters and granddaughters – but also the women in history who made great contributions that, unfortunately, were not always recognized as such. For each of us, the row of names and the moments of inspiration will differ markedly, but have in common that they inspire us to inspire.

Let’s also remember the women in history whose names we do not even know, and then let’s remind ourselves that there are millions of women today whose names never will be known to us, who struggle, or celebrate, who care and are cared for: let’s remind ourselves of half the world’s population in all her diversity.

As archaeologists, we are uniquely poised to bring to the fore the people of the past and especially those that are anonymous. That archaeology is really all about the present is clear from our latest edition of Backdirt. In this issue, faculty, students and others show not only their resilience in the face of a crisis, but more importantly the value of archaeological research and insights to address contemporary issues. There are articles on earlier pandemics and their effects on history, as well as personal stories of those living through this one, next to articles reporting on work being done despite or even because of it.

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New Books from the CIOA Press

Richard G. Lesure
Joy McCorriston and Michael J. Harrower

Online Access to CIOA Press Books

Greetings and best wishes from the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press! We hope you are all well, and adjusting to the very challenging new ways we are all living and working. The nature of research and obtaining information has shifted rapidly to online resources, and to make our publications more accessible, we are in the process of uploading pdfs of nearly 100 CIoA Press books that can be read online through eScholarship.

Early Athens, Unmasking Ideology in Imperial and Colonial Archaeology, The Construction of Value in the Ancient World and Maya Zooarchaeology are just a few of our titles either available now or soon to be added. Check back regularly to find the latest additions.

Some of the older titles are downloadable in pdf from the same site.