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Birth of Sir Arthur Evans

Posted in Anniversary, History on Monday, 28 June 2010

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picture, a recreation of the Palace of Knossos

A recreation of the Palace of Knossos. Illustration by Harry Green

8 July is the anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur John Evans, the archeologist who discovered the site of the Palace of Knossos on the island of Crete. Born in 1851, Evans’s interest in archaeology was encouraged at Oxford and his travels instilled an even deeper fascination. In 1900 he began excavations at Knossos and within months had uncovered a large portion of the Palace of Minos.

Thanks to Evans, much was discovered about the Minoan civilisation and written language. Knighted in 1911, he died in 1941, shortly after his 90th birthday.

picture, Arthur Evans, archaeologist, at work in Knossos

Arthur Evans, archaeologist, at work in Knossos

More pictures of Arthur Evans and his discoveries at Knossos can be found here. Many more illustrations relating to archaeology and the rediscovery of ancient civilisations can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

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