Yesterday, I posted a few photos of a simple chevron pillow cover that I added to our very blue couch. I was so excited about reading that the chevron pattern originally stemmed from ancient times, specifically at the Palace of Knossos in Crete, Greece, because we visited the palace last June.
However, after some further search where Wikipedia sourced the origins of chevron found in pottery at the Palace of Knossos, I realized it was sourced from The Modern Antiquarian, a site dedicated to people who wrote field notes about the places they have visited. In C. Michael Hogan’s field notes, he wrote, “Hatched triangles, dotted fields and chevrons are incised on ladles, partitioned trays and vases; some use of tubular handles is evident.” However, if you know the controversy surrounding Sir Arthur Evans, who worked on reconstructing the Palace of Knossos, he recreated some of the site based on what he thought it should have looked like in the 1920s.
During our visit, I wasn’t on the look out for chevron patterns in pottery at the palace. Unfortunately, I cannot definitely say that I noticed strong patterns of a chevron. And even if there were strong visual chevron patterns, I am not entirely convinced that they were from ancient times because of the way Sir Arthur Evans handled the reconstruction work.
(Photo Above: See how the pillars are painted bright red? This is an example of the controversy surrounding Sir Evan’s work. Have you ever seen other ancient sites where columns are painted? in bright red?)
Even a simple webpage from Princeton University has the ancient chevron design sourced back to Wikipedia. Yikes! It just goes to show you that you can’t always trust Wikipedia for accurate information. Thus, if you ever write a college paper, Wikipedia should never be cited as part of your primary sources.
While I am not completely dismissing the idea that chevron designs weren’t imprinted on pottery in ancient times, I would like further proof of knowing the origins of the chevron pattern at the Palace of Knossos. This may take some further investigating down the road.
From my hometown to yours,