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01271--Write a short note on Sir Arthur Evans and the rediscovery of Minoan Crete.

The discovery of Cretan culture results from the work of one man; Sir Arthur Evans. Fascinated by clay tablets with an undeciphered script, Evans excavated at Cnossos in central Crete, where his workmen immediately began uncovering the remains of the largest and most important Minoan palaces.  Evans' discoveries are an excellent example of nineteenth century archaeology. Like Schliemann at Troy and Layard at Nineveh, Evans was not a professional scholar. Instead, he was guided by Greek traditions that remembered Crete as the home of a powerful naval empire that existed long before the classical age.  Evans' work continues to pose questions for archaeologists

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