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Ancient Troy (Hisarlik)

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Selected Excerpt on Troy

The Fall of Troy in Antiquity (March 1963)
Carl Nylander in Volume XXXVII (Pages 6-11)

The Archaeological Site of Troy has 4000 years of history. The Greek poet Homer wrote about the ancient city in The Iliad. Its extensive remains are the most significant and substantial evidence of the first contact between the civilizations of Anatolia and the burgeoning Mediterranean world.

Archaeologists have been excavating here since the 1870's and have found evidence of nine different settlements built on top of each other at different periods since the Bronze Age.

Moreover the siege of Troy by Mycenaean warriors from Greece in the 13th century BC, immortalized by Homer in The Iliad, has inspired great artists throughout the world ever since.

Troy is located on the mound of Hisarlık which overlooks the plain along the Turkish Aegean coast. The famous archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann undertook the first excavations at the site and those excavations could be considered the starting point of modern archaeology and its public recognition. Research and excavations conducted reveal that the region has been inhabited for 8000 years ...

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