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3 Archaeologists You Should Know


Meet our first three features for She Digs, a column featuring some of our favorite women in the archaeology field.

Ayana Omilade Flewellen


A Miami native with deep roots in Texas, Dr. Flewellen developed an interest in history and artifacts at a young age. Her educational background at the University of Florida and the University of Texas at Austin led her to develop a passion and drive to explore and expand on the histories she saw herself reflected in.

Today, Dr. Flewellen has become an important and admired professional in the archaeology field. We sat down with her to learn more about her award-winning research and to discuss her teaching interests shaped by Black feminist theory, public and community-engaged archaeology, and more…[read more]


Jen McKinnon


With a background in maritime archaeology, Dr. McKinnon has worked in the U.S., Australia, Pacific islands and Europe on sites ranging from the Spanish Colonial era to World War II.

We sat down with her to learn more about how archaeology works underwater, the fascination behind shipwrecks, and the recent debate over the retrieval of the Titanic’s radio…[read more]


Annalisa Heppner 


Annalisa Heppner received her master’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage and has been an archaeologist for more than a decade. She has spent time studying Indigenous communities on the Arctic Coast of Alaska and is currently serving as Project Manager of the Circumpolar Laboratory Inventory Project at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University.

We sat down with her to learn more about the role of Indigenous people in archaeology, her passion for museum management and the importance of archaeological preservation…[read more]

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