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"... and his wife Sally": The Binford Legacy and Uncredited Work in Archaeology

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Often mentioned as an afterthought in sentences about her more famous husband, Sally R. Binford has long been a topic of discussion for those interested in 20th century female archaeologists. Her foundational work in the early endeavors of the 'New Archaeology' set the stage for an academic revolution-however, much of her work went uncredited. The legacy of stolen work affects a broad demographic, with graduate students, post-doctoral, and early career researchers often suffering the same insult. Through discussion of Sally R. Binford's contributions to, and omissions from, the field of archaeology this paper will examine solutions for the threat of lost attribution, and how we might successfully navigate hostile academic environments. Sally's position as a queer Jewish feminist academic working in the 1950s to 1970s, and the actions she took, serve as both a warning and a model for those who may be facing similar problems today.

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