added by archaeologs (1851-1941). British archaeologist, son of Sir John Evans. His main contribution was in the field of Cretan studies, through his excavations at Knossos for than 30 years from 1899. He was largely responsible for demonstrating the existence of a pre-MYCENAEAN Aegean civilization, for naming it Minoan (after the legendary King Minos of Crete) and for revealing most of its characteristics. Not surprisingly, some aspects of his work have been criticized in the years since his death, but in the main his conclusions have stood the test of time and remain the basis of Minoan studies today.
The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983
added by archaeologs (1823-1908). British scholar, collector and antiquary. He published three major works on British prehistoric artefacts: on coinage (pre-Roman), stone implements and bronze implements. He was keenly interested in the archaeological issues of the day and played an important role in support of those scholars who were arguing for the great antiquity of man (see Boucher de Perthes).