Evans, Arthur

  • Madeline Jayne MoustakosEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51726-1_2482-2

Basic Biographical Information

Arthur John Evans was born on 8 July 1851 at the Red House, Nash Mills, Hertfordshire (Brown 1993: 11). He died at the age of 90, on 11 July 1941, but not before he became a well-known archaeologist for his discovery and excavation of the Palace of Minos at Knossos (Ashmolean Museum 2012). Evans was the eldest child of John Evans’ who was also a well-known archaeologist as well as a numismatist, geologist, and collector of antiquities (Brown 1993: 11). As a result of his fathers occupation, Arthur Evans was brought up surrounded by archaeology and history-related subjects. This sparked his interest in such a career at a young age. Starting at the age of 9, Evans accompanied his father on expeditions where his interests in archaeology grew (Brown 1993: 11).

Arthur Evans was educated at Harrow School and went on to study at Brasenose College in Oxford. Even though his schooling achievements were academically modest, Evans won prizes for his English poems...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Claire Smith
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  1. 1.Department of ArchaeologyFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia