Minos Kalokairinos: The Original Excavator of Knossos

06 Aug
Minos Kalokairinos: The Original Excavator of Knossos

Minoan Magissa

Sir Arthur Evans tends to be the first name that comes to mind when one thinks of Knossos and its initial discovery and excavation. However, the original excavator is less widely known. His name? Minos Kalokairinos (yes, Minos!), a so-called novice archeologist, businessman, lifelong student, and antiquarian. That being said, the first excavation of this ancient Cretan site took place in 1878, not 1900 (by a Cretan person no less).

Photo taken by Wikimedia Commons User Danbu14

Minos Kalokairinos, The Palace of Minos: Mere Coincidence or Fate?

Not to get too poetic about it, but I do find it interesting that Minos shares the name of the legendary king Minos, which the Minoan civilization was named after (by Evans). Also, he was the first person to pin down the location of the Minoan ruler’s palace (also known as the Knossian Labyrinth)…

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Posted by on August 6, 2022 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Minos Kalokairinos: The Original Excavator of Knossos

  1. squirrelbasket

    October 6, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    That brings back memories – I visited Knossos in the 1970s and still have a lovely illustrated guide book somewhere. The colours of the reconstructions really put the place in context as it might have looked in the bright Mediterranean sunshine of the distant past.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂


  2. ritaroberts

    October 6, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    You are most welcome. Glad it brought back good memories for you.



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