Troia: City gate and graves discovered from the Bronze Age

Researchers from eight countries in excavation campaign 2009 successful

Troia 2009 - Late Bronze Age Burials © Gebhard Bieg / University of Tübingen
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Tübingen archaeologists have excavated parts of a city gate and tombs from the Bronze Age during excavations in Troy. The dungeon, which dates to the Late Bronze Age city around 1300 BC. (Troia VI) has now been detected over nine hundred meters in length.

The search for the Bronze Age fortifications in the southeast of the city is particularly difficult because it is more than three meters below the rubble of the Hellenistic and Roman city of Ilion - too deep for the use of geophysical prospecting methods.

Nevertheless, a piece of the ditch could be uncovered again in the previous year. Even then, the scientists were certain that an apparent end of the trench found in the excavated area was only an interruption in the area of ​​a gate system. This year, the 44 researchers and technicians from eight countries, led by Professor Ernst Pernicka from the University of Tübingen, succeeded in locating the continuation with the help of drilling and then digging it out.

Graves from the Late Bronze Age discovered

In the gate area also two graves from the Late Bronze Age were discovered. According to the archaeologists, this is an important find because the cemeteries of Troy, with the exception of a small burial ground, are not yet known. It is not yet clear if the graves are older or younger than the ditch. From the skeletons therefore samples were taken for dating with the radiocarbon method.

Above and next to the trench filled at the end of Troia VI, the scientists found Bronze Age strata and a piece of the Wall. This is another indication that the then already about thirty acres large city in the following period - Troia VII, 1300-1180 BC. Chr. - over this area grew out. display

Troia - Excavation sites 2009 and Late Bronze Age defense ditches University of T bingen

New excavations in the next year?

It was surprising for the archaeologists that an almost complete Keramikgef and other finds from Troia VIIb (1180-950 BC) could be salvaged. Findings from this time were so far away from the castle so far unknown.

The new results suggest that the excavations will continue in the next year. According to the scientists, the door situation must be completely recorded, but they also want to determine the exact chronological order of the settlement and check whether there are any other people lying near. However, the financing of this work is not yet secured.

(idw - University of T bingen, 25.09.2009 - DLO)