This is a great book by Leonard Cotrell, maybe even better than "Los Egipcios" , which I had to read in primary school and which I loved so much as a kid that I read it three times. The author's name stayed in my mind and when I saw this book I immediately bought it and I'm glad I did.
Leonard Cottrell was a commentator and producer at the BBC, so he travelled across the Mediterranean to get material for his program. This book is about his travel to Greece (Knossos) and Turkey on the footsteps of two archeologists, Heinrich Schliemann and Sir Arthur Evans, who found lost cities during their searches and excavations. The book merges three time periods, the ancient Greek world, the world of the 19th century archeologists and the early 20th century of Cottrell, while the story goes back and forth mainly between the first two.
It explains to some detail the rudimentary archeological methods at the disposal of the before mentioned archeologists and how their passion for finding their dream, as well as the deep faith of Schliemann in the accuracy of Homer's works helped him through his early disappointments in his quest for finding Troy. The findings of these archeologists are taken back in time to explain the history of the buried cities and their inhabitants, their myths and their social life, as well as their relations to other cultures of the Mediterranean like the Egyptians.
The book reads like a novel, but has a lot of historic details, as well as an explanation of how the findings relate to Homer's great works of literature, like for example Homer's description of round warrior shields, which were thought to be coming out of his lucid imagination, but which proved to exist according to some archeological findings. It's a pity that almost all of Cottrell's books are apparently out of print.