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Sir Arthur Evans
(8 Jul 1851 - 11 Jul 1941)

British archaeologist remembered for his excavations of the Palace of Minos at Knossos, Crete, and uncovering knowledge of the Minoan Civilization.



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If any archaeologist is to pass the bounds of his science into the domain of speculative history we had rather it were Sir Arthur Evans than another. He does it with an infectious enthusiasm, and his immense comparative knowledge tells us so many things by the way.
In Times Literary Supplement (29 Dec 1921), 869, as cited in J.A. Macgillivray, Minotaur: Sir Arthur Evans and the Archaeology of the Minoan Myth (2000), 271.
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Sir Arthur Evans … furnishes the European culture of to-day with title-deeds going back to the fourth millennium B.C. … [His book has] a great theme and beset with difficulty, but the author has gifts that fit him to act as guide through this labyrinth.
From Bosanquet’s book review, 'The Realm of Minos', (of Sir Arthur Evans’, The Palace of Minos: A Comparative Account of the Successive Stages of the Early Cretan Civilization as Illustrated by the Discoveries at Knossos: Volume I), in Harold Cox, ed., The Edinburgh Review (Jul 1922), 236, No. 481, 49.
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The threads that archaeology has put in Sir Arthur Evans’ hands are of necessity tangled, faded and broken; yet his learning and intuition have enabled him to weave them into a coherent whole that is almost history.
From Bosanquet’s book review, 'The Realm of Minos', (of Sir Arthur Evans’, The Palace of Minos: A Comparative Account of the Successive Stages of the Early Cretan Civilization as Illustrated by the Discoveries at Knossos: Volume I), in Harold Cox, ed., The Edinburgh Review (Jul 1922), 236, No. 481, 70.
Science quotes on:  |  Archaeology (51)  |  Break (109)  |  Coherent (14)  |  Fade (12)  |  History (716)  |  Intuition (82)  |  Learning (291)  |  Tangle (8)  |  Thread (36)  |  Weave (21)  |  Whole (756)


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