Knossos Palace

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The Knossos Palace was discovered in 1878 by a man named Kalokairinos. He only superficially excavated it.


In 1900 the Englishman and amateur archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans took over and did a comprehensive excavation job. His restoration is basically what we see today. Critics say he used too much imagination in determining the palace's former appearance.


Although archaeologists have reason to deplore Evans' guesstimations, I understand why most travelers to Greece would approve of his work. They would rather view a somewhat fanciful recreation than a field of tumbled building blocks that only an archaeologist could love.

"Minoan Civilization" name

Arthur Evans coined the term "Minoan Civilization" after the legendary gold-rich King Minos of Crete. We do not know what the society called itself.

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