ISSN 1233-6246Recently Krzysztof Nowicki, acolleague taking partin an archaeological excavation at Karphi in the moun-tains of Crete in 2008 directed by his wife, SaroWallace, made some remarks in an email to my hus- band, Peter Warren, on running an excavation in Crete.He supposed that things must have been very differ-ent in the sixties and early seventies, on sites like onemy husband excavated on the south coast of Crete atMyrtos, or in the White Mountains at Debla. As Peter and I recalled those days, I thought it might be of in-terest to record the conditions on adig only agener-ation or so ago while I still remember some details.This account is therefore not so much about archaeol-ogy as the logistics and daily life on adig and myexperiences in trying to make things, if not comfort-able, at least bearable.The excavation at Fournou Korifi, Myrtos, was donein two seasons, both in July to mid-August, the hot-test time of the year. In 1967 we dug for just threeweeks with ateam of three site supervisors, KeithBranigan (later Professor at Sheffield), Hugh Sackettand Ken Wardle and three site assistants, John Fal-coner, Anthony Harding (later Professor at Durham andExeter) and Hansel Hewitt, one architect, Ken Minto,one person to catalogue and draw small finds, MarilynWright, our Greek vase mender, Petros Petrakis and hiswife, Eleni, three pickmen from Knossos and up to sixlocal workmen at any one time and at least one localwoman washing the potsherds along with Eleni. As for my role, Peter had said in advance that we wouldsurely find alocal woman to cook for us, but thatImight need to help with shopping and organising.Otherwise I would work on the site or with the findsas necessary. It proved impossible to find any womanwilling to do the cooking. In reality almost all my timeand energy were taken up with shopping and cookingand seeing to amultitude of domestic and other mat-ters so that Peter could concentrate entirely on thearchaeology.The following year, the dig lasted five weeks andthere were four site supervisors, Ken Wardle again plusGerald Cadogan, Don Evely (later the School’s Cura-tor at Knossos) and Ian Sanders, with four assistants,Hansel Hewitt, Lloyd Bookless, Penelope Mountjoyand Nigel Wilson, and eight local workmen plusthe pot washing women. In addition to the same ar-chitect, Ken Minto, and adifferent small find drafts-woman, Rosemary Brewer, we had a cook, MaryWesley, throughout and Oliver Rackham came at the
Editors’ note: This article by Elizabeth Warren represents adep-arture from the core mission of
, which empha-sizes results of current fieldwork, studies of assemblages, and con-textual and material analyses. Offering an autobiographical perspectiveon the excavations of the British School of Archaeology at Athens atMyrtos Fournou Korifi in 1967 and 1968 (and study seasons in 1969and 1970), the paper presents avivid representation of contemporary physical, social, and cultural contexts of the project itself – and theconfluence of local, scholarly, and administrative communities thatshaped fieldwork at Myrtos and indeed more broadly, on Crete, inthe 1960’s. The personal reflection on archaeological practice andexperience represents discussion that is normally excluded from final publication of fieldwork results, but is no less relevant to our under-standing of the history of archaeology on Crete, and the constructionof narratives resulting from archaeological fieldwork.