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At 100 in June, Beatrice de Cardi is the oldest archaeologist in the world

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"I have never had any difficulties," she said. "I am not a woman or a man when I am working in the Gulf or anywhere else. I am a professional and they have always accepted that." Beatrice de Cardi (2008)

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Beatrice de Cardi started as secretary to legendary archaeologist, Sir Mortimer Wheeler in the 1930s, moving on to travel across the Far East in the 1940s and 50s until tribal unrest led her to “hop across the border to south-eastern Iran only to be pounced on by the Iranian secret police”.

She went on to lead the Council for British Archaeology in the aftermath of the Second World War, “The bombing of London had alerted everyone to the need for concerted action to bully the government into allowing time for excavations in historic towns.” An eminent archaeologist in her own right, Beatrice undertook pioneering archaeological fieldwork in areas such as Afghanistan, Beluchistan and the lower Gulf, identifying Indus sites and the remains of civilizations “from the stone age to the oil age”.

She is still the president of the Society for Arabian Studies, according to wikipedia.

More readings:
De Cardi, Beatrice. Archaeological Surveys in Baluchistan, 1948 and 1957. London: Institute of Archaeology, 1983.
De Cardi, Beatrice. The De Cardi Family in Britain. London, 2006.
De Cardi, Beatrice. Excavations at Bampur, a Third Millennium Settlement in Persian Baluchistan, 1966. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1970.
De Cardi, Beatrice. "Exploring the Lower Gulf, 1947-2007" in Antiquity: A Quarterly Review of World Archaeology, Vol. 82, no. 315, p. 165-77.
De Cardi, Beatrice, and D. Brian Doe. Archaeological Survey in the Northern Trucial States. Rome, 1971.
Phillips, C. S., Daniel T. Potts, Sarah Searight, and Beatrice De Cardi (eds.). Arabia and its neighbours: essays on prehistorical and historical developments presented in honour of Beatrice de Cardi. Turnhout: Brepols, 1998.



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