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Digging for two: pregnant archaeologists in the field

Galways Plantation, Montserrat, British West Indies

Archaeological fieldwork provides many exciting opportunities for travel and discovery together with a myriad of challenges. Those working in northern climes face the freezing cold; those in tropical zones deal with extreme heat. Housing conditions range from cots in tents pitched in the jungle to government housing in some instances and even palatial mansions, such as during excavations on an historic estate.

But some people have relatively unique challenges when conducting fieldwork—when their field schedule overlaps with a pregnancy. With good humor, this blogger sought to document her experience, share it with others, and provide a forum for women who find themselves in a similar situation. (Photo above is an archaeological team at Galways Plantation, Montserrat, British West Indies in n1984.)


Pregnant in the field: have trowel, will travel

By Imogen Carter

The Guardian

July 1, 2017

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