Who was the first to discover Knossos? Was the enigmatic structure excavated by the English archaeologist Arthur Evans really a palace? Who sat on the famous “Throne of Minos”? How the myth of the Minotaur influenced the way this famous archaeological site has been excavated and interpreted? What was the Labyrinth, after all?
This documentary presents various hidden aspects of the history of Knossos from antiquity to the present while also trying to explain the nature of archaeological interpretation.
Through the example of the unknown first excavator and also through that of the controversial Arthur Evans, the workings of history and the subjectivity of the historian are discussed. The film tries to explain our relationship with the past and whether we can perceive it objectively. Is the pas for each and every one of us a personal labyrinth in which we try to find some sort of thread of meaning for our lives?
The film shows for the first time documents and maps that changed the history of the discovery of Knossos. It draws on interviews with Greek and English archaeologists like Joseph Alexander McGillivray, author of the much-discussed Evans biography “Minotaur”.