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Archeological Sight Of Troy
Troy, with its 4,000 years of history, is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. The first excavations at the site were undertaken by the famous archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann in 1870. In scientific terms, its extensive remains are the most significant demonstration of the first contact between the civilizations of Anatolia and the Mediterranean world. Moreover, the siege of Troy by Spartan and Achaean warriors from Greece in the 13th or 12th century B.C., immortalized by Homer in the Iliad, has inspired great creative artists throughout the world ever since.
Homer & Troy
Can Archaeology Discover Homer’s Troy?
Following in the footsteps of Heinrich Schliemann, modern archaeologists give a surprising answer to the question, Who were the fabled Trojans?
Even after many years of digging, Troy remains full of surprises. No wonder each season the ancient mound attracts scientists working in many disciplines all over the world.
Every summer, as many as 95 scientists come to Troy. They are not only classical and Bronze Age archaeologists but anthropologists, architects, botanists, zoologists, chemists, geologists, soil scientists, geographers, meteorologists, numismatists, philologists, physicists and restorers—not to forget the computer experts, surveyors, scientific illustrators, film producers and photographers. Stones and bones as well as hundreds of thousands of sherds are registered every summer with specially designed computer programs. In addition, throughout the year scientists undertake geochemical and mineralogical analyses to determine, for example, where metals have been mined or where pottery samples originated. Other scientists apply themselves to the important work of dating the finds; dendrochronologists date objects and events through comparative studies of growth rings and aged wood, and physicists perform carbon 14 tests on organic matter. With more than 150 dates established by radiocarbon samples, Troy has regained its leading role in Aegean chronology.
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