Goldman accepted the appointment with the understanding that she would spend half her time at the Institute and half in the field.
She did not convert easily to what she called “the contemplative life.” For the past twenty-five years she had spent much of her time on excavations, working from dawn to dusk, or searching for new prospects in Asia Minor and the Mediterranean, once escaping from bandits, once travelling four thousand miles in a Model A Ford with a minimum of five passengers and the occasional intoxicated local guide.
After the war, now serving as a representative for the Fogg Museum, Goldman chose Colophon, a Turkish city then controlled by Greece, as the site of her second major excavation.
Her team included Benjamin Meritt, who in 1935 would become the first historian appointed to the newly formed Institute for Advanced Study.
She was the first woman to hold the fellowship, which was extended for a second year.
It was during a trip with the American School that her vocation as an archaeologist was confirmed. I was transformed into a passionate excavator who was either turning up the soil of Greece, or planning to return to it; but complete conversion took place on top of a hill in Boeotia.” She had seen a mound that did not appear to be natural.One of Goldman’s instructors had recently taken part in one of the first American excavations in Greece.After graduation, Goldman continued study in Classics at Columbia University and also worked as a manuscript reader.She wrote to Flexner from Tarsus in 1938, “The excavation is my first love and fundamentally I fear I am a wandering spirit.” During World War II, however, Goldman settled into life at the Institute, from which vantage she sponsored refugees from Europe.She returned to Tarsus in 1946–47, but it would be her last year of active excavation. She was still immersed in publishing material from Tarsus when a conference was held at the Institute in 1956 on the occasion of her seventy-fifth birthday and a festschrift was published in her honor.Her mother, Sarah Adler Goldman, was the daughter of the Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in New York.Her father, Julius Goldman, was a lawyer whose father had founded the investment bank Goldman Sachs.Ten years later, she became the second recipient of the Archaeological Institute of America’s highest award, the Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement.The award paid tribute, the citation stated, to “a perceptive and witty student of human relations, a renowned Anatolian specialist and the dean of Classical and Near Eastern archaeology in this country.” Hetty Goldman died May 4, 1972, in Princeton, at the age of ninety.She wrote in 1918, “I cannot remember the exact process by which . It was the town of Eutresis, and in 1924 she would return to excavate it.However, in 1911 her attempts with Alice Leslie Walker, a fellow student, to obtain the American School’s permission to explore it were unsuccessful.