Archaeology Odyssey 7:2, March/April 2004
The Minoans of Crete: Europe’s Oldest Civilization

Excavating Minoan Sites

By James D. Muhly

Around the turn of the last century, a young Bostonian named Harriet Boyd wanted very much to dig at Corinth. She was a student at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, which in 1896 had begun important excavations in the ancient city. However, the school’s director, Rufus Richardson, would have none of it: Field archaeology, he believed, was not a suitable activity for a proper young woman.
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