The Palace of Minos: A Comparative Account of the Successive Stages of the Early Cretan Civilization as Illustrated by the Discoveries at Knossos

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Inspired by Schliemann's discoveries at Mycenae and Troy, Sir Arthur John Evans (1851–1941), keeper of Oxford's Ashmolean Museum from 1884 to 1908, trustee of the British Museum and fellow of the Royal Society, used his inherited wealth to purchase land in Crete at Knossos. From 1900 he commenced excavations there in co-operation with the British School at Athens. Work continued for eight full seasons, uncovering a Bronze Age palace and bringing to light further architectural and artefactual remains of Minoan ...
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The palace of Minos : a comparative account of the successive stages of the early Cretan civilization as illustrated by the discoveries at Knossos

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Inspired by Schliemann's discoveries at Mycenae and Troy, Sir Arthur John Evans (1851–1941), keeper of Oxford's Ashmolean Museum from 1884 to 1908, trustee of the British Museum and fellow of the Royal Society, used his inherited wealth to purchase land in Crete at Knossos. From 1900 he commenced excavations there in co-operation with the British School at Athens. Work continued for eight full seasons, uncovering a Bronze Age palace and bringing to light further architectural and artefactual remains of Minoan civilisation, including numerous texts in Linear A and Linear B. Evans' speculative reconstruction of the site in reinforced concrete remains controversial, and some of his interpretations are disputed, but his pioneering work is painstakingly detailed in this highly illustrated multi-volume work, published between 1921 and 1935, with an index volume appearing in 1936. Part 2 of Volume 4 first appeared in 1935.
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100. The 'camp-stool' fresco of the 'North-West Sanctuary Hall'; 101. Long-robed priestly and royal personages on seals from Knossos and Vapheio; 102. Discovery in the 'initiatory area' of lapis-lazuli cylinder with early Chaldaean connexions; 103. The Minoan genii and their relation to the Egyptian hippopotamus goddess; 104. Fresh discovery of a chryselephantine image of boy-god; 105. Retrospect of Minoan bead-seals and signet-rings; 106. Indigenous sphragistic tradition; 107. Hunting and other animal types on late Minoan seals; 108. The late palatial deposits of clay seal impressions at Knossos; 109. Later phase of west magazines, upper and lower; 110. First discovery of large hoards of clay tablets in Advanced Linear Script (B); 111. Tablets of the Linear Script B (continued); 112. Knossian Script B in mainland Greece; 113. Supplementary to preceding: the Minoan remains at Ras-Shamra; 114. Deposits of tablets depicting chariots; 115. Armature in the last palatial age; 116. The latest palatial age of Knossos; 117. Epilogue.
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