During the winters between 1882/3 and 1883/4, the intrepid explorers Theodore and Mabel Bent left their home and opulent lifestyle in London’s fashionable West End to meander around the Greek islands in search of adventure in the exotic Levant.
In his writings, Theodore omitted to disclose the precise location of his two excavation sites on Antiparos. In 1898 the Greek archaeologist Christos Tsountas located a site which he attributed to Theodore’s initial site at a place he named as Krassades, but knowledge of exactly where Krassades lay was lost over the ensuing years.
For well over a century, the location of Theodore’s site remained a mystery. But the answer had always been there, hidden away in the lines of Theodore’s book and Mabel’s chronicles, ready to be revealed in conjunction with a little local research. Read the blog post, Of Crows and Swans and Calamine, on our sister website, describing how Theodore’s excavation site was recently located using just the writings of Theodore and Mabel.
World Enough, and Time: The Travel Chronicles of Mrs J Theodore Bent Volume I: Greece and the Levantine Littoral – You can read more about Theodore’s and Mabel’s visit to Antiparos in the informal, day-by-day diary entries Mabel made in her chronicles.
You can learn more about the Bents on the official Bent Archive website tambent.com. The website also contains details of their books and writings.
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