Nikolaos Platon

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Nikolaos Platon
Νικόλαος Πλάτων
Born(1909-01-08)January 8, 1909
DiedMarch 28, 1992(1992-03-28) (aged 83)
Alma materUniversity of Athens
Scientific career

Nikolaos Platon (Greek Νικόλαος Πλάτων, Anglicised Nicolas Platon; (1909-01-08)January 8, 1909 – (1992-03-28)March 28, 1992) was a renowned Greek archaeologist. He discovered the Minoan palace of Zakros on Crete.

He put forward one of the two systems of relative chronology used by archaeologists for Minoan history. It is based on the development of the architectural complexes known as "palaces" at Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, and Kato Zakros, and divides the Minoan period into Prepalatial, Protopalatial, Neopalatial, and Post-palatial periods. The other system is based on pottery styles, as suggested by Arthur Evans.