The Discovery of Knossos by Cretan Antiquarian Minos Kalokairinos


Visiting Professor: Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens

Start Date

30th Aug 2018 6:00pm

End Date

30th Aug 2018 7:00pm


Centenary Lecture Theatre, Sandy Bay campus

RSVP / Contact Information

E.; T. 6226 2299


presented by

Professor Antonis Kotsonas

The University of Cincinnati, USA

About Professor Antonis Kotsonas

Antonis Kotsonas specializes in the material culture, socio-cultural and economic history of the Early Iron Age and the Archaic period in Greece and the Mediterranean. His research interests extend, however, from the Late Bronze Age to the Roman period. He has conducted fieldwork and finds research on Crete, and in the Cyclades, Euboea and Macedonia; and comparative studies across the Aegean, and from Italy to Cyprus, engaging problems pertaining to state formation, trade and interaction, identity and commensality, memory, and the history of archaeology.

imageMinos Kalokairinos, a Cretan businessman and antiquarian, was the first to discover the Minoan palace of Knossos, in the late 19th century CE. His contribution has been largely overshadowed by that of Sir Arthur Evans, and remained wholly neglected for nearly a century. Recent work has, however, shed light on the pioneering investigations of Kalokairinos. This presentation draws from archival research to reconstruct his fascinating archaeological agenda, his discovery and interpretation of the Minoan palace of Knossos, and his researches on the topography of the Greek and Roman city. The invaluable information Kalokairinos provides on the changing archaeological landscape of Knossos enables the identification of several unknown or lost monuments. Additionally, Kalokairinos provides glimpses into the collection of Knossian antiquities and their export beyond the island, from Egypt to west Europe; antiquities that have hitherto been considered as unprovenanced can thus now be identified as Knossian.