In honor of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in 2020, we are celebrating the talented women who work for the NC Office of State Archaeology with our "Trowel Blazers" series. This week we're honoring Rosie Blewitt-Golsch, Assistant State Archaeologist and Site Registrar at the OSA Raleigh Office!
Rosie began working with the OSA in 2017, but has been working in the field for over 10 years, doing fieldwork all over the world, including North and South Carolina, Illinois, Ecuador, and Greece! She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master of Arts in Anthropology from UNC-Chapel Hill.
How did you become interested in archaeology?
I’ve always enjoyed learning about the past (I read a lot of Greek mythology growing up and loved going to museums). Archaeology appealed to me because I wanted to travel to some of the places I’d read about.
What is your favorite project or archaeology memory?
Working in Greece was really exciting because I finally got to visit some of the places mentioned in Greek myths!
What other hobbies do you have?
Gardening and scrapbooking.
Cat or dog?
Cat. I have four cats, including my dog Ozzie.
About the Campaign
The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. As part of a national campaign to commemorate this historic event, North Carolina’s Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) is coordinating a campaign titled “She Changed the World: NC Women Breaking Barriers” March 2019, continuing through November 2020. American women were granted the right to vote with the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified on August 18, 1920, after a 72-year fight by suffragists. The 19th Amendment did not resolve the issue of suffrage for women of color, who continued to battle for voting rights for decades.
-Working at the Berry Site in NC, image courtesy of Rosie Blewitt-Golsch
-My four cats, Lyanna, Mulder, Scully, and Ozzie, image courtesy of Rosie Blewitt-Golsch