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Click here to listen to this programmeListen to Excess Baggage for 10am 30 July 2005

Excavating Women
On Excess Baggage this week the three females for whom a spot of dirt, a meter or two of mud or seemingly impenetrable rock holds no fears in the pursuit of their work. They were - or in one case are - in the business of digging.

10am 30 July 2005
Presented by Sandi Toksvig

Discovering Dorothea by Karolyn Shindler published by Harper Collins

This week's guests:

Karolyn Shindler
Biographer Karolyn Shindler has been tracing the exploits of Edwardian palaeontologist Dorothea Bate, a woman who might have been lost to us but for the diaries and labels dotted around the Natural History Museum.
In 1998 Karolyn Shindler took her son to the Myths and Monsters Exhibition at the National history Museum - where on one stand with a huge model of the Cyclops, was a skull of an extinct elephant. Next to it was a diary from 1901 belonging to Dorothea Minola Alice Bate. Then aged 22 she'd travelled to Cyprus and discovered the fossilized remains of pigmy hippo and elephants there.

Karolyn has pieced together clues about Dorothea from her notebooks.

Book: "Discovering Dorothea" by Karolyn Shindler, published by Harper Collins, ISBN 0002571382

Dr Jo Cooper

Dr Jo Cooper is a curator at the Natural History Museum with a penchant of birds.  Her favourite: the Moa from New Zealand  which stands at 2 metres high Dr Cooper has actually walked in Dorothea's footsteps: in Gibraltar, she was working on the bird collection started by Dorothea Bate. 
Andrew Eames

Travel writer Andrew Eames and author of " The 8.55 to Baghdad", which traces the journey of Agatha Christie from London to Baghdad, from the collapse of her marriage to Archie Christie - to her meeting with Archaeologist Max Mallowan in Ur.
Book: The 8.55 to Baghdad by Andrew Eames published by Corgi adult, ISBN  0552150770

Fireworks in Malta

Travel writer and photographer, Victor Borg  was born and brought up on the island of Gozo - the smaller, northern island which is part of Malta.  Growing up, a national passion was and is fireworks.

Latest book: Malta and Gozo Directions (Edition 1)  by Victor Borg published by Rough Guides ISNB 1843534444

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Next week:

On the 60th anniversary of one of the most notorious bombings in history, we're discussing the legacy of that event on the vibrant modern Japanese city of Hiroshima.

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