Harriet Boyd Hawes, 1892 (front row, last on the right), inaugurated the teaching of archaeology at Smith. As Miss Boyd, she taught Greek Archaeology, Modern Greek, and Epigraphy at Smith for six years that over-lapped her pioneering work as an archaeologist in Greece. The first woman to direct an excavation in Greece, Boyd Hawes is still the most famous female archaeologist who worked in Greece; her discovery of the Minoan site of Gournia on Crete and her analyses of the evidence remain crucial for modern understanding of Bronze Age cities in Greece. See Harriet Boyd Hawes et al., Gournia... Excavations of the Wells-Houston-Cramp Expeditions [1901-1904]; A Land Called Crete, publication of the 1967 exhibition & symposium on Bronze Age Greek art held at Smith in memory of Hawes, and also of interest, Born to Rebel: The Life of Harriet Boyd Hawes, written and doodled by her daughter Mary Allsebrook.) Click on image at left for more.
The grand and distinguished tradition of archaeology at Smith based on the study of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Near East gained a broader geographical multi-disciplinary focus when the Archaeology Minor was introduced in 1984. Built on interdepartmental collaboration, the Archaeology Program at Smith offers the only truly multi-disciplinary program in the Five Colleges. It works in cooperation with and is complemented by the fine anthropological and archaeological program at the University of Massachusetts.
In addition to students who enroll in ANT 135 Introduction to Archaeology and those who declare a minor in archaeology, a large number of students express interest in archaeology through various avenues. The Director of the Archaeology Program and other faculty members on the program's Advisory Committee provide a resource for students seeking advice and information about many of those activities. Most of the student experiences take place during the summer and are in addition to the regular academic program.
Students have worked on geographical surveying in Idaho, as volunteer excavators in the Athenian Agora, and many other projects. (Smith has been represented in greater numbers than any other undergraduate college in the students chosen to dig in the prestigious excavations at the Athenian Agora.) Smith Collegeis a founding member of the American Academy in Roma and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and Smith students have been admitted most every year to the highly competitive summer programs at both institutios. In addition, Smith College institutional memberships and affiliations include the American Schools of Oriental Research, the American Journal of Archaeology (founding member 1885 and a founding member of the Society that supports the journal), and the Inter-Collegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (charter member 1964.) Smith students take benefit from programs offered by these institutions and our faculty are active in all of these organizations.