Kato Zakros

Lefteris Platon

in The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199873609
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

Kato Zakros

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Zakros was known as an archaeological site from the reports of nineteenth-century travelers T. Spratt and L. Mariani. Nevertheless, its significance was first understood by Sir Arthur Evans, who visited it during his travels across the island in 1894. Evans pushed David Hogarth, at that time director of the British School at Athens, to investigate the site by excavation. The site lies at the southeastern end of Crete, south of Palaikastro, where another important Minoan settlement is located. Sixty years later, in 1961, Nikolaos Platon, Ephor of Cretan Antiquities at the time, started a trial trench in the gulf of “Kato Zakros,” as the site is now known. Zakros, the ancient—probably prehistoric—name today has been transferred inland to the nearest, probably nineteenth-century, village.

Keywords: Zakros; T. Spratt; L. Mariani; Arthur Evans; David Hogarth; excavation; Crete; Minoan settlement; Nikolaos Platon; Kato Zakros

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Greek History ; Greek and Roman Archaeology

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