Sir Arthur Evans's excavation of die palace of die (mydiical) labyrindi of die (mydiical) Minos at Knossos was followed by a brace ofsimilar discoveries on die island.
Archaeologyhas specialsignificance forperiodsfromwhichlittle or no written evidence exists.
Walter Leafs obituary notice indicated one reason: "Dr.Schliemann was essentially 'epoch-making' in his branch ofstudy, and it is not for epoch-making men to see the rounding offand completion oftheir task."1 Indeed, Schliemann was a pioneer in a discipline mat has only "come ofage" in me last halfcentury.Anodier factor was at work in the criticism of Schliemann's efforts: many scholars refused to find anydiing historical in the Age of Heroes. Within diese four centuries, major phases, events, and developments were dated widi a fair degree ofprecision. An early step forward occurred widi die expansion ofevidence.In 1938, nearly half a century after Schliemann's deadi, die classical scholar S. Basse« could still declare in the Sadier Lectures at Berkeley that tt[t]he fabulous age of Greece must have no place in history. to discuss , from a historical point ofview, some of the crucial periods in die development of Aegean lands during the Bronze Age.»3 Hooker's principal focus was on Mycenaean culture from ca. As at Troy, heroictales suggested certain sites where Bronze Age remains might be discovered.
When Heinrich Schliemann set out to demonstrate die historical realityofdie Greek heroic age by digging at a site he judged to be Troy, hewasgreetedbyatleastasmuchskepticism as good will—and probably more. Stillman, who stated inthe London Ttmes(January9, 1889): "I hopebeforelongtoputall die evidence ... D." That is, die dating would be at least600years—andperhapsmoredian2000— later dian die Bronze Age.
In responsetohis claimdiathehaduncovered diesite ofdie Trojan War, die popular German magazine Kladderadatsch published a satirical "telegram from Tr Oy."Itexpandedon Schliemann'sown reports byannouncingdie discoveryof Achilles' grave identified by die ankle bonewhich, naturally, would reveal die pointof Achilles'vulnerability. insuchashapediatnoonecandoubt reasonable that 'Troy' is the Troy of Croesus [i.e. There were so few known sites, let alone events, to confirm the accuracy ofdiese particular finds that no consensus had emerged by die time of Schliemann's deadi in 1891.