Analysis Of The Palace Of Knossos And The Ancient Minoan Society

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How has the work of Arthur Evans contributed to our understanding of the past?
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Arthur Evans was an English archaeologist and contributed to our understanding of the past through his excavation and analysis of the Palace of Knossos and the ancient Minoan society. In March, 1900, Arthur Evans began his excavation of the Palace of Knossos in Greece. Through these excavations he undercovered the ancient society of the Minoans, in Knossos from c. 3200-1100 BCE. During his excavations he kept very detailed records and photos of each artefact insitu, also making sure each artefact was conserved and protected. Besides these great contributions, Evans had made the decision to fully restore the palace of Knossos with limited evidence, which was very controversial at the time - and still is. Using his imagination he reconstructed frescos using shards of broken frescos from each room, and lead the society at his time to believe Knossos had a king (King Minos) and that was where the greek myth, the Minotaur, occurred. Although Evans made a few errors, through careful notes and excavations, Evans has contributed greatly to our understanding of the past.

Evans helped us understand the past through the meticulous records he kept for the excavation process of Knossos. Note taking in archaeology is extremely important as archaeology can be very destructive. Whilst discovering artefacts, archaeologists unintentionally deteriorate them in the process. Once these artefacts…

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