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Keeping Archaeological Field Work Safe from Sexual Harassment and Physical Violence

Beth Alpert NakhaiIn 2014, I1 began investigating the problem of safety in the field for female archaeologists working in the Middle East and North Africa. Although I have been working in Near Eastern archaeology since the mid-1980s, I had never considered this problem in a comprehensive way until I read the work done by four anthropologists, Kathryn B. H. Clancy, Robin G. Nelson, Julienne N. Rutherford and Katie Hinde. At the 2013 meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Clancy stated that, “undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty report sexual harassment and assault not only by their peers, but by their bosses and mentors in the field.” She blogged about their work in Scientific American and the four collaborators published their research in PLOS ONE2

Knowing that in our field, as well, things are less than ideal, I committed myself to doing what I could to make it possible for people to engage in fieldwork without fear of intimidation, harassment, and violence based on gender, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity. In 2014, I was still a trustee of the American Schools of Oriental Research – and I continue to chair its Initiative on the Status of Women. These positions have given me a platform from which to work – and fortunately, the ASOR community has been fully supportive. Continue reading Keeping Archaeological Field Work Safe from Sexual Harassment and Physical Violence