Evans was born in 1851 in Nash Mills, Hertfordshire,
England, product of Victorian England. Studying history at
The University of Oxford and Göttingen, Evans later became Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford. During this period (1884-1908), he became interested in seals (tiny carved stones) as sources of inscriptions from ancient, pre-Classical Mediterranean civilizations. Evans was particularly drawn to Crete as it encompassed sources of seals which contained undeciphered early inscriptions. The ancient town site of Kafala (Knossos) on the northern coast of Crete, next to the Capital city of Herakleion, was well-known to local
Inhabitants, who cultivated ancient objects, including pottery, coins and seals. During the Classical and Hellenistic eras (500-200 BC), coinage was discovered which interestingly showed pictures of labyrinths, Minotaurs and Ariadne. Evans first visit to Crete in 1894 was to study and decipher two types of unknown scripts appearing on Cretan Seals. Influenced by Schliemann and by Arthur Milchhofer’s...