By Chris Scarre, Rebecca Stefoff

On March 23, 1900, Arthur John Evans and his employees started to excavate on Crete, searching for the fabled web site of Knossos, the place a rare civilization, a precursor to classical Greece, used to be rumored to have existed. virtually from the 1st shovel stroke, artifacts started to emerge. Evans discovered that right here was once "an awesome phenomenon, not anything Greek, not anything Roman. a unconditionally unexplored world." The Palace of Minos at Knossos recounts the interesting tale of uncovering a striking society misplaced to the area for 3,500 years, from its preliminary discovery via its excavation to the constitution we see this day. Sidebars on archaeological ideas, illustrations of the websites, tables, and diagrams all through offer a wealth of data at the Palace. using artifacts and different "documents" recovered from the Palace deliver out the voices of the folk of the previous, supplying clues to who they have been and the way they lived. The Palace of Minos at Knossos concludes with an interview with archaeologist Chris Scarre who talks concerning the misperceptions approximately Knossos and what we actually find out about its tradition.

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On June 8, 1900, near the end of his first season of excavation at Knossos, Arthur Evans sent a message to the offices of the Athenaeum, a scholarly journal in London. ” Whether or not Minos really existed and ruled at Knossos, the ruins on Kephala hill today are known by the name Evans gave them. Evans opened a window into the Minoan past, and scholars, students, and tourists will always be eager to peer through that window. 39/knossos today Cracking the Code A fter World War II ended in 1945, architect Michael Ventris spent his spare time studying Linear B, an undeciphered language from Knossos.

4 Knossos Today Image Not Available E vans’s discoveries at Knossos stimulated archaeological interest in Crete and rewrote Aegean prehistory by revealing the existence of an unsuspected civilization. These finds also received much publicity in the popular press, and the world fell in love with the Minoans. Each year, upon returning to England from Crete, Evans wrote scholarly and technical articles and delivered lectures to archaeological and historical societies. He also introduced the Minoans to the general public in articles for English newspapers, which American papers often reprinted.

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