Archaeology, Sexism, and Scandal: The Long-Suppressed Story of One Woman's Discoveries and the Man Who Stole Credit for Them

Archaeology, Sexism, and Scandal: The Long-Suppressed Story of One Woman's Discoveries and the Man Who Stole Credit for Them

by Alan Kaiser


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The 1931 excavation season at Olynthus, Greece, ushered a sea change in how archaeologists study material culture—and was the nexus of one of the most egregious (and underreported) cases of plagiarism in the history of classical archaeology. Alan Kaiser draws on the private scrapbook that budding archaeologist Mary Ross Ellingson compiled during that dig, as well as her personal correspondence and materials from major university archives, to paint a fascinating picture of gender, power, and archaeology in the early twentieth century.

Using Ellingson’s photographs and letters as a guide, Kaiser brings alive the excavations led by David Robinson and recounts how the unearthing of private homes—rather than public spaces—emerged as a means to examine the day-to-day of ancient life in Greece. But as Archaeology, Sexism, and Scandal clearly demonstrates, a darker story lurks beneath the smiling faces and humorous tales: one where Robinson stole Ellingson’s words and insights for his own, and where fellow academics were complicit in the theft.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442275249
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/29/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alan Kaiser is professor of archaeology at the University of Evansville. He earned his Ph.D. in archaeology from Boston University and has worked on archaeological projects in Greece, Spain, Italy, Britain, Israel, Rhode Island, Indiana, and on the Caribbean island of Nevis. Kaiser's published works include scholarly and popular articles as well as two books aimed at a scholarly audience, The Urban Dialogue: An Analysis of the Use of Space in the Roman City of Empúries, Spain (2000) and Roman Urban Street Networks (2011).

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Ellingson File—A Photo Album
Part I: Mary Ross Ellingson’s Archaeological Adventure
Chapter 1: Journey to Olynthus
Chapter 2: The Daily Routine
Chapter 3: Travel in Greece and Europe in 1931
Part II: Sexism and Scholarship
Chapter 4: The Women
Chapter 5: The Men
Part III: Scandal! Mary Ross Ellingson’s Work Plagiarized
Chapter 6: A Secret Uncovered
Chapter 7: “Unwritten History”
Appendix: The Vlach Wedding Letter
Author’s Note on the Locations of the Mary Ross Ellingson and David Moore Robinson Papers
About the Author

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