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The Site of Troy

  • Winifred Lamb
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The name of Troy, more touched with glamour than any other name in history, brings to the archaeologist, the literary critic and the ordinary man, associations so widely different that they are in danger of becoming altogether divorced. In the mind of the archaeologist, it calls up a series of unsolved problems that produce a faint sensation of irritation and anxiety. Can that tantalizing group of objects from Schliemann’s excavations, most of which have been arranged more according to style than to stratigraphy, be regarded as a safe guide to the development of prehistoric Asia Minor ? Which of the stone battle axes come from Town I and which from Town II ? What really happened between the second and the sixth settlement ? How does the material fit in with that from other early settlements in Asia Minor and adjacent lands ?

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1 I am concerned only with Europe in this essay. Having never been to America I can say nothing at first hand about the splendid museums there.

2 Paris, Société d’Édition ‘Les Belles Lettres’, 1930, pp.134.

3 Ludwig, Emil Schliemann of Troy; Putnam,, 1931, reviewed on p.108.

4 Publication of the material will appear in the Prähistorische Zdtschnyt for 1933.

5 Myres, J.R.A.I., 1903, p.369 ff.

6 Frankfort, , Studies in Ancient Pottery, 2, 57. ff.

7 J.H.S., XXXIV, p. 144.

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Antiquity
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  • EISSN: 1745-1744
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