Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte und Archäologie des Mittelalters, Universität Tübingen, DEU
Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati, USA
Troy (in northwest Turkey at the entrance of the Dardanelles) is one of the oldest and most famous archaeological sites. It had been thoroughly studied through two series of excavations - by Heinrich Schliemann and Wilhelm Dörpfeld from 1871-91 and by Carl W. Blegen (University of Cincinnati, Ohio) from 1932-38. The hill lies at the crossing between the Orient and southwest Europe, and between the Aegean and the Black Sea. Because of its nearly continuous occupation for more than 3000 years, this site is an important point of reference for the chronology of the ancient world from the early Bronze Age through the Roman Empire.
In 1988, after a hiatus of 50 years, the excavations at Troy were once again resumed under the direction of Dr. Manfred Korfmann from the University of Tübingen, with the cooperation of Dr. Brian Rose from the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati. Every summer since then a large international group, composed of archaeologists as well as representatives of many other academic disciplines, has conducted excavations.
- Extensive examinations of the "citadel", the central inhabited hill, in light of new questions.
- Review of earlier findings with modern methods.
- Systematic exploration of the previously unexplored lower city.
- Archaeo-biological analysis of the changes to the area during its occupation.
- An investigation of the place of Troy within the Troad region.
- Documentation of the preserved conditions of the ruins.
- Conservation and restoration.
MAIN PARTICIPATING ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS:
University of Tübingen, Institute for Pre- and Early History and the Archaeology of the Middle Ages
Project Director: Prof.Dr.
Ernst Pernicka. (in succession of the late Prof.M. Korfmann)
University of Cincinnati (Ohio, USA) / University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA)
Research Focus Post-Bronze Age (PBA, Dr. Charles. B. Rose)
Prehistory and classical
archaeology, classical philology, numismatics, archaeo-biology, anthropology,
history of architecture and construction, computer science (databases,
statistics and graphics), chemistry, mineralology, geo-physics, geodesy
among others. Nearly 80 representatives of these disciplines from many
countries, principally Germany, Turkey, and the USA.
- Public funds: the state of Baden-Württemberg (University of Tübingen), German Research Society (DFG), German Archaeological Institute (DAI).
- Private Sources: DaimlerChrysler Co. (Stuttgart) until 2003, Siemens Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.( Istanbul, since 2003), J.H.Ottaway, Jr. (New York), "Freunde von Troia" (Tübingen und Cincinnati), Taft Semple Fund (Cincinnati) and many other contributors. Troia Foundation (Tübingen) - since 2001, Turkish Troia-Foundation ÇANAKKALE-TÜBINGEN TROIAVAKFI (Çanakkale) - since 2004.
- Annual journal Studia Troica (Philipp von Zabern Press, Mainz). There are currently eighteen volumes in this series. 1 (1991) - 18 (2009).
by the Institute for Academic Film (Göttingen): 9 annual reports (1988-97)
and a video summary, "130 Years of Excavating at Troy," (2001) available
in German, English and Turkish versions.
Logo: The logo at the top of the page is the drawing of a significant find in 1995 which indicates links of Late Bronze Age Troy to the Hittites in central Anatolia. The find is a biconvex bronze seal with a diameter of 2.3 cm and was discovered in a Troy VII context (12.th century B.C.). The obverse contains the name of a scribe written in Luwian hieroglyphs, the reverse that of a woman. It is the first prehistoric written evidence from Troy.(J.D.Hawkins and D.F.Easton, A Hieroglyphic Seal from Troia, Studia Troica 6: 111-118)
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