It's an Cretan antiquarian, Minos Kalokairinos, who discovered the ruins of Knossos in 1878. And in 1900, the British archaeologist Arthur Evans bought all the ruins and associated his name at the restore of the most visited site of Crete.
New studies show that around the palace, the ancient city had many populations. They were conducting trade across the Mediterranean.
The necropolis of Knossos was found on the hill Fourni between Ano and Kato Archanes: