Thursday, 29 August 2013

New book on Margaret Alice Murray Egyptologist

Image - Missouri S & T

A new book by historian Kathleen L. Sheppard has been written about Margaret Alice Murray, one of the first women to practice archaeology and the first woman to publicly unwrap a mummy.

The Life of Margaret Alice Murray: A Woman's Work in Archaeology is published by Lexington Books and is described as the first book-length biography of this acclaimed archaeologist and Egyptologist.


"Despite Murray’s numerous professional successes, her career received little attention because she was overshadowed by her mentor, British archaeologist and Egyptologist Sir Flinders Petrie, says Sheppard, an assistant professor of history and political science at Missouri S&T.
“This oversight obscured the significance of a career that includes fieldwork, the students she trained, her administration of the pioneering Egyptology department at University College London and her published works,” Sheppard says.
Sheppard’s book examines Murray’s entire life from birth to death, but focuses on her scientific career from 1894-1963. She examines Murray’s involvement in Petrie’s program and writes about 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 archaeology, anthropology, linguistics and Egyptology,” Sheppard says."
Here is the full book details - Missouri S & T
I'm really looking forward to reading this!

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