Fig.1 Harriet Boyd Hawes
Harriet Boyd is an American archaeologist who majored in Classics and was fluent in Greek. She carried out her graduate work at the American School of Classical studies in Athens which is where she originally requested to take part in the schools fieldwork, but as she was female this request was denied and it was advised that she become a librarian (Bois 1998). However, Boyd did not, thankfully, take this advice and began to travel around Crete on mule back, either alone or with a female friends, looking for prehistoric sites (Renfrew, 2008). During the field season in 1900, she had moderate success in Kavousi, something which caught the attention of Sara Yorke Stevenson, secretary of American Exploration Society who was so impressed with Boyd’s work she offered the societies financial backing for her to continue her work in Crete (Zogby 1987). It was due to this that Boyd made her greatest discovery.
In 1901, whilst carrying out excavation work in Crete, Boyd discovered a Bronze age site which is thought to have been occupied from as early as 3rd millennium BC to 1000 BC, thriving in the period 1800BC-1600BC (Zogby, 1987). This was to be the first Minoan town site uncovered. Discoveries at the site include a small palace complex, more than 70 stone houses, with upper and lower...