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2. Who was Sir Arthur Evans?
Sir Arthur Evans was born in Nash Mills,England in1851
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
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3. How did he become an archaeologist?
Evans Dad owned a paper mill which wouldlater fund his expeditions.
Attended Oxfords Brasenose College
Appointed curator at the Ashmolean Museum of Antiquities, Oxford
Set out to improve museums reputation
Inspired by Cretan seal stones and coin gifts to museum
4. Why Crete?
An unsuccessful dig inarea gave him some clues on where toexcavate
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
5. What did he find?
In 1899, he excavated the Palace of Knossos and named the peopleMinoans 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 Evans reconstructed buildings were not historically accurate but realistic
6. Later Life
Sir Arthur Evans was knighted in 1911 for his discoveries
After many years of excavations and reconstructingKnossos, Evans retired in 1931 and died 10 years later in Boars Hill, England
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