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7530Kathleen Kenyon biography

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  • Mitch Allen
    Feb 29, 2008
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      I'm pleased to announce publication of the first full length biography
      of archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon by Miriam Davis, a historian at Delta
      State University. Miriam had full access to the Kenyon family's
      materials and interviewed dozens of archaeologists on 4 continents for
      her work.

      The book is published in a series sponsored by the Institute of
      Archaeology, University College London, which provided the peer
      review. It's also been reviewed by Bill Dever and Tom Holland, among
      others (see their comments on our website).

      The official blurb:
      Dame Kathleen Kenyon
      Digging Up the Holy Land
      by Miriam C. Davis
      978-1-59874-325-8 cloth
      978-1-59874-326-5 paper
      March 2008 272 pages, photos

      Dame Kathleen Kenyon has always been a larger-than-life figure, likely
      the most influential woman archaeologist of the 20th century. In the
      first full-length biography of Kenyon, Miriam Davis recounts not
      only her many achievements in the field but also her personal side,
      known to very few of her contemporaries. Her public side is a catalog
      of major successes: discovering the oldest city at Jericho with its
      amazing collection of plastered skulls; untangling the archaeological
      complexities of ancient Jerusalem and identifying the original City of
      David; participating in the discipline's most famous all-woman
      excavation at Great Zimbabwe. Her development (with Sir Mortimer
      Wheeler) of stratigraphic trenching methods has been universally
      emulated by archaeologists for over half a century. Her private
      life—her childhood as daughter of the director of the British Museum,
      her accidental choice of a career in archaeology, her working at
      bombed sites in London during the blitz, and her solitary retirement
      to Wales—are generally unknown. Davis provides a balanced and
      illuminating picture of both the public Dame Kenyon and the private

      The book will be available in paperback next week in the US and in
      April in the UK, EUrope, and the Middle East.

      for more information or to order:

      Mitch Allen, Publisher
      Left Coast Press, inc.