Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte und Archäologie des Mittelalters,
Universität Tübingen, DEU
Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati, USA
|Controversy over Late Bronze Age Troia (Troia VI and VII)|
Shortly after the opening of the second station of the most successful
Troia-Exhibition : "Troia - Dream and Reality" at Braunschweig on July
14, 2001 a series of newspaper interviews by Dr.Frank Kolb (Professor
of Ancient History at the University of Tübingen) caused a strong
response in the media. In short, Prof. Kolb charges his Tübingen colleague,
Prof.Dr.Manfred Korfmann, the director of the Troia-Projekt and scientific
advisor for the organization of the exhibition, with deliberate misleading
of the public in the presentation and interpretation of his archaeological
results concerning Late Bronze Age Troia (Troia VI / VII ).
The most unusual manner in which scientific differences of opinion are made public in this case by choosing the avenue of interviews with all its potential traps rather than selecting the usual und reasonable way of an academic forum has prompted us to try a comprehensive view of the charges and to provide a quotable response by Prof.Korfmann. The situation was compounded by the summer recess of the universities and the absence of the the team while on campaign in Troia.
Reports in the media on this controversy prevailed throughout the months of July to November. Although mainly a media hype with the German papers the following link provides a summary of the main issues in English (please click).
editor: Hans G. Jansen (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cincinnati editor: John Wallrodt (email: email@example.com)