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 there; 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.
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.