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Sir Arthur John Evans.

Sir Arthur John Evans.

Arthur Evans, who discovered the Minoan civilisation of Bronze Age Crete, was born in Hertfordshire, England. The son of John Evans, a distinguished antiquary and collector, Arthur was educated at Harrow and Oxford, where he took a first-class honours degree in history. After spending time in the Balkans, he returned to Oxford and became Director of the Ashmolean Museum, a post he held from 1884-1908. During this time he effectively re-founded the museum, and added considerably to its collections.