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Sir Arthur Evans By Milo and Stella

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Sir Arthur EvansBy Milo and Stella

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Who was Sir Arthur Evans?

Sir Arthur Evans was born in Nash Mills, England in 1851

He died at 90 years old in 1941

Friend of Heinrich Schliemann fellow archaeologist

He was an archaeologist who discovered the Minoans of Crete (1600-1400bce), one of early advanced civilizations before Athens

Why are these things always

chipped ?

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How did he become an

archaeologist?Evan’s Dad owned a paper mill which would later fund his expeditions.

Attended Oxford’s Brasenose College

Appointed curator at the Ashmolean Museum of Antiquities, Oxford

Set out to improve museum’s reputation

Inspired by Cretan “seal stones” and coin gifts to museum

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Why Crete?An unsuccessful dig in area gave him some clues on where to excavate

Locals kept finding artifacts there

Myths like the Minotaur took place on Crete and say there was some civilization there

Schliemann believed there was possibly an ancient empire buried there, except he died before he started excavation

That’s Crete

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What did he find?In 1899, he excavated the Palace of Knossos and named the people Minoans after the mythical King Minos

The excavations uncovered complicated corridors, pottery and frescoes

Artifacts showed a very civilized people with running water and a class system

Clay tablets with writing called Linear A and Linear B

The reconstruction of the Palace began in 1903 briefly interrupted by WWI and continued until 1931

Unfortunately Evan’s reconstructed buildings were not historically accurate but realistic

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Later Life

Sir Arthur Evans was knighted in 1911 for his discoveries

After many years of excavations and reconstructing Knossos, Evans retired in 1931 and died 10 years later in Boar’s Hill, England

Retirement