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Schielemann's excavations at Troy 1870-1873

Easton, DF; (1989) Schielemann's excavations at Troy 1870-1873. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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This study is based on Schliemann's unpublished Troy excavation note books from 1870-73. It attempts to reconstruct his activities, to locate and identify the features he found, and to stratify and date the several thousand objects he recorded. There is some degree of synthesis with the later findings of Dorpfeld and Blegen, and a review, in the light of all these findings, of the chronology of the Bronze Age strata. The study covers all periods from Early Bronze Age to Byzantine, and all classes of material. A reconstructed contour-plan permits a new and closer understanding of Schliemann's progress. Fifty-two areas of work are distinguished in each of which an outline stratigraphy can be reconstructed. Objects are assigned to specific strata, although Schliemann's frequent failure to specify from which trench which objects came can inject varying degrees of uncertainty into the operation. The sequence of fortifications on the North side of the site is greatly clarified, especially for Troy II and VI. Buildings in the citadel interior are more closely dated, and the sequence in Troy II is substantially re-organised to allow for at least twelve building-phases. The earth-movements supposed to have demolished Troy VI are unlikely to have antedated late VIIa. Troy 1-11.4 belong to EBII (c.3000-2465); wheelmade plates and one-handled tankards first appear in II.1. Troy 11.5-111 belong to EBIII (c.2465-2005); two-handled cups and tankards appear in 11.5 after an increase of wheelmade plain ware in 11.4. Troy III is contemporary with early Middle Helladic. Troy IV-V belong to the Anatolian Middle Bronze Age (c.2005-1712), and VI-VII are purely Late Bronze Age (c.1712-1070). VIh was destroyed c.1270(?), probably around the end of LHIIIB1, and Vila was destroyed c.1190(?) during LHIIIC.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Schielemann's excavations at Troy 1870-1873
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10116503
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