Skip to comments.Ancient city of Troy rebranded itself after war
Posted on 12/24/2012 4:27:25 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Even ancient cities knew about rebranding. Troy was destroyed by war about 3200 years ago -- an event that may have inspired Homer to write the Iliad, 400 years later. But the famous city rose again, reinventing itself to fit a new political landscape.
Troy lies in north-west Turkey and has been studied for decades. Pottery made before the war has a distinct Trojan style but after the war its style is typical of the Balkans. This led archaeologists to believe that the locals had been forced out and replaced by populations from overseas.
But when Peter Grave at the University of New England in Armidale, Australia, and his colleagues examined the chemical make-up of the pottery, they realised that both pre and post-war objects contained clay from exactly the same local sources, suggesting the same people were making the pots.
"There is substantial evidence for cultural continuity," says Grave. So if the Trojans never left the city, why did their pottery style change?
Before the sack of Troy, the city looked east towards the powerful Hittite Empire. But this political powerhouse collapsed around the time that Troy was destroyed. Grave says the post-war pottery is Balkan in style because the Trojans were keen to align themselves with the people there, who had become the new political elite in the region.
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Reading a history of the excavations at Troy as a boy led to my majoring in Atgnhropology undergrad.
Thought for sure I would unearth an ancient city some day...oh well...
You’re lucky, my university didn’t even *offer* Atgnhropology, and I was dying to major in it. ;’)
You’re lucky. My university didn’t even have that one in the catalog, or I’d have majored in it, too. Heh.
Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!
My spelling is likely to get progressively worse.
I'm still disappointed the world didn't end on Friday.
My university didn’t offer anthropology either and it was Troy University.
We did have a classics dept for a time, in fact Dr. Agnew was the smartest prof I ever had.
One time he showed the “Geography Club” of which I was a member, slides of Greece, Asia Minor, Crete etc. He had visited just about every place in the classic world.
They made pottery according to a traditional design that ended up all over the East Coast and Midwest. Some time in the mid 1500s they swapped out the old designs and began making European style pottery!
All indications are the two types were made by the same folks from the same matrials ~ only the market had changed.
Like to note this operation was still running hot well into the 1600s ~ and in head to head competition with Jamestown.
It's not at all surprising the Trojans did the same thing.
I’m still disappointed the world didn’t end on Friday
Bump for tablet.
Dutch did the same thing with Chinese blue.
Nice dig. LOL
The Romans believed they were descendants of the Trojans who escaped the destruction of Troy. Under Aeneas they traveled to Rome and were the seeds of the Roman Empire.
Does anyone know if there was even a shred of evidence to support that idea?
Just Virgl IIRC
Me too, I put off Christmas shopping just in case...