AO 1:01, Winter 1998
Homer & Troy
Can Archaeology Discover Homers Troy?
Following in the footsteps of Heinrich Schliemann, modern archaeologists give a surprising answer to the question, Who were the fabled Trojans?
King Agamemnon rose to his feet: Friends, Zeus vowed to me long ago that I should never embark for home till I had brought the walls of Ilium crashing down.
Metal object, biconvex. Thus wrote English archaeologist Donald Easton in his excavation diary in July 1995, dispassionately recording what every excavator at Troy had previously hoped for in vain. He had discovered the only known example of Bronze Age writing at Troy. It turned out to be a key indicator of the people who lived in the Troy that Homer wrote about.