Dame Kathleen Kenyon: Digging Up the Holy Land

Dame Kathleen Kenyon: Digging Up the Holy Land

by Miriam C Davis
     
 

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In the first full-length biography of Kenyon, excavator of Jerusalem, Jericho, and Great Zimbabwe and the most influential woman archaeologist of the 20th century, Miriam Davis recounts not only her many achievements in the field but also her personal side, known to very few of her contemporaries.

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In the first full-length biography of Kenyon, excavator of Jerusalem, Jericho, and Great Zimbabwe and the most influential woman archaeologist of the 20th century, Miriam Davis recounts not only her many achievements in the field but also her personal side, known to very few of her contemporaries.

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"As I worked with Dame Kathleen for many years and received my doctoral degree under her tutelage at The University of Oxford, it gives me much pleasure to note that Miriam Davis has done a terrific job describing not only 'K's' archaeological career, but also the great influence she had upon her professional associates, students, and many friends, even though at heart she was a fairly shy person.This biography sheds much light on Dame Kathleen's attempts to excel in ground breaking new archaeological techniques, which she honed while working with the legendary Sir Mortimer Wheeler on roman sites in the British Isles. This training allowed her to apply her knowledge to the excavation and study of foreign ancient sites in diverse locations that included southeast and North Africa, as well as the famous biblical sites at Samaria, Jericho, and Jerusalem, which produced many new and marvelous discoveries." -Thomas Holland, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

"Kathleen Kenyon was the outstanding woman archaeologist of the twentieth century, famous for her excavations at Jericho and Jerusalem. In this penetrating biography of 'K', as she was known to friends, students and colleagues, Miriam Davis has written the definitive account of K's life of action and scholarship in England and the Middle East. Never shirking the difficulties, academic, political, personal, Davis offers balanced judgemets, drawing a portrait true to those of us who knew K and owed her so much. Essential reading for everyone interested in the development f archaeology as an modern intellectual quest as seen through the life of one of the pioneers." -Martin Biddle, Oxford

"Miriam Davis' book captures the full life of an extraordinary woman. In addition to describing K's career, it gathers detailed information and testimonials from those who knew her to form a colorful and insightful life story about an incredibly influential dame of archaeology. While Davis claims it is not intended to be an academic nor intellectual biography, the book nevertheless helps understand the environment of an archaeologist and how dedicating oneself to archaeology as a career means having it affect each aspect of their personal life...It shows what it takes to be a great archaeologist. To read the complete review, go to: http://www.archaeology.org/online/reviews/kenyon/" - Hana Koriech, Archaeology
The author of this biography deserves all praise. It is based on thorough research including both oral and written sources. It is quite readable and avoids many of the pitfalls common in such monographs. -Magen Broshi, Biblical Archaeology Review
All too often, academic biographies fail to strike a balance between detailing the personal life of the individual and explaining the intellectual context of their activities. Fortunately, Miriam Davis' biography of Kathleen Kenyon is an exception. this reviewer finished the book with the satisfying sense of having been both educated and entertained. The book is an interesting mixture of the personal and the intellectual, with plenty to interest both archaeologists and others. -Naomi Farrington, Archaeological Review from Cambridge

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598743265
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/31/2008
Series:
University College London Institute of Archaeology Publications
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Miriam Davis is Associate Professor of History at Delta State University in Mississippi. She has a Ph.D. in history from University of California Santa Barbara and has taught at Mississippi University for Women. In addition to her work on Kenyon, she is a specialist in health in Medieval England and has excavated in England, Scotland and the American Southeast.

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