Tessa Verney Wheeler: Women and Archaeology Before World War Two

Hardcover | May 26, 2012

byLydia C. Carr

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In this book, Carr unravels the biography of the archaeologist Tessa Verney Wheeler, a charming, tiny woman whose untimely death left her archaeological career overshadowed by her distinguished husband, Sir Mortimer Wheeler. Despite a short career of just over twenty years, Verney Wheelerpublished and excavated extensively while simultaneously developing new archaeological techniques, brought archaeology into the lives of the general public through her connections with the Press and the encouragement of site tours, and was an inspiring teacher to an impressive roster of students. In this biography, her life is recovered through an examination of her written work, archives, sites, and photographs, as well as through the memories of those who knew her. By means of a discussion of the very personal life and work of one woman, Carr explores the role of women in early Britisharchaeology, resulting in a fascinating picture of a woman and a vivid evocation of the interwar period in London and Wales. From her work retraining colliery navvies as archaeological diggers in Roman amphitheatres on the Welsh borders, to cheap omelettes with her students at the Lyons Corner Houseon Piccadilly in London, Verney Wheeler crossed social and physical borders with a grace and appeal that remains very palpable today.

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In this book, Carr unravels the biography of the archaeologist Tessa Verney Wheeler, a charming, tiny woman whose untimely death left her archaeological career overshadowed by her distinguished husband, Sir Mortimer Wheeler. Despite a short career of just over twenty years, Verney Wheelerpublished and excavated extensively while simult...

L. C. Carr took her D.Phil at Oxford in 2008, where her dissertation focused on Tessa Verney Wheeler's life and work. This is her first book.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:317 pagesPublished:May 26, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019964022X

ISBN - 13:9780199640225

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments1. Introduction2. Girlhood (1893-1910)3. UCL s women and pre-war feminism: Tessa Verney s models4. Education and the War (1910-1918)5. Wales (1920-1927)6. London (1928-1936)7. Lydney Park, Gloucestershire (1928-1929)8. Verulamium, Hertfordshire (1930-1933)9. Public archaeology, publically performed: Mosaics and reporters10. Maiden Castle, Dorset (1934-1937)11. The legacies of the deadAppendices:1. Timeline2. Verney Wheeler: An ongoing bibliographyBibliography