On March 23, 1900, Arthur John Evans and his staff began to excavate on Crete, looking for the fabled site of Knossos, where an extraordinary civilization, a precursor to classical Greece, was rumored to have existed. Almost from the first shovel stroke, artifacts began to emerge. Evans realized that here was "an extraordinary phenomenon, nothing Greek, nothing Roman. A wholly unexplored world." The Palace of Minos at Knossos recounts the exciting story of uncovering a remarkable society lost to the world for 3,500 years, from its initial discovery through its excavation to the structure we see today. Sidebars on archaeological techniques, illustrations of the sites, tables, and diagrams throughout provide a wealth of information on the Palace. The use of artifacts and other "documents" recovered from the Palace bring out the voices of the people of the past, offering clues to who they were and how they lived. The Palace of Minos at Knossos concludes with an interview with archaeologist Chris Scarre who talks about the misperceptiod what we really know about its culture.
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Chris Scarre is Professor in the Department of Archaeology, University of Durham. He has wide-ranging research interests in the prehistory of western Europe, with a particular interest in the archaeology of the Atlantic façade (Portugal, France, Britain & Ireland), most recently inthe study of patterns of burial evidence in Britain and the Levant from the Neolithic to the Roman period. he is editor of the interrnationally renowned journal AntiquityFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 4 Up--This book offers an introductory yet thorough look at the Minoan ruins of Knossos on Crete, where legend has it that King Minos kept the mythological Minotaur, half man and half bull. The first chapter describes the site as it existed before the excavations by the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans, which began in 1900. The following two chapters tell of his fantastic finds and the palace's extensive ruins, which he began to uncover after working only a week at the site. Evans's attempts to try to understand and interpret the Minoan culture are discussed, as well as his partial reconstruction of some of the important rooms and staircases. The concluding chapter discusses the latest interpretations and findings at Knossos. Many excellent photos and diagrams, mainly in color; time lines on the site's archaeological history and on the Minoan civilization's place in ancient history; and explanations of archaeological stratigraphy and of the mysterious Linear B writing are included. The book is concise, clear, entertaining, and factual. It is useful for reports and a good read on an interesting subject.--Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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