#Anthropology roundup: “The Politics of “Ukraine” Versus “the Ukraine”

Impossible Choices at the Crossroads of Motherhood and Fieldwork

A black-and-white picture shows a woman carrying a baby in a front harness looking at two people examining objects on the floor of a cave under a standing light.


Co-author Jamie Hodgkins holds her daughter as she co-directs the excavations at the Arma Veirana site in northwestern Italy. Fabio Negrino/University of Genoa

Many women* in science who must navigate motherhood and fieldwork will one day write an email like this:

Dear colleagues,

Busting Myths About Sex and Gender

Two yellow gourds painted to look like a frowning man with black hair wearing a blue top and a smiling woman with long black hair and a red and white dress sit on a ledge.

The belief that males are aggressive while females are nurturing is a dangerous myth. Evgeny Tchebotarev/Pexels

Excerpted from the second edition of Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You. © 2022 by Agustín Fuentes. Published by the University of California Press. All rights reserved.

Two Pioneering Female Archaeologists

Precocious. Prolific. Audacious. Magnanimous. Each of these terms describes archaeologist Hannah Marie Wormington and her protégé Cynthia Irwin-Williams.* As pioneering female archaeologists in an arena dominated by Euro-American men, they created scholarly niches on the frontiers of their field. Acerbic and cavalier, they were larger-than-life figures whose impact reverberated far beyond their peer-reviewed publications.

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