Science: The Lost Atlantis

The hottest arguments and the highest enthusiasms in archaeology today swirl round the small Aegean island of Santorini. There Professor Spyridon don Marinatos, director of the Greek Department of Antiquities, is digging up evidence to explain the downfall of the great Minoan civilization in the middle of the second millennium B.C. Former TIME Art Editor Alexander Eliot, who has also written extensively on Greek history and mythology, recently visited Santorini to tour the excavations. His report:

Sailing into Santorini's embrace, a traveler senses that the majestic scenery was created by incomprehensible forces. The...

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