Over the past years a lot of archaeological and literary evidence has helped us gain a better understanding of the history of Troy. Much hard work has gone into the excavations there by many archaeologists, and many interesting artefacts have been found. The story of the Ancient City of Troy is a great one, however many people believed it didn’t exist and that Homers Iliad, the story of the Trojan War was just some story. This has since been proved untrue as the city of Troy was discovered, and the pieces of this amazing puzzle have fallen together. Homer described Troy as an exceptionally large city with large high powerful walls, wide streets, twisting paths and large houses. Some of the archaeologists that have contributed to the
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The next archaeologist arrived on the site in 1893, his name was Wilhelm Dorpfeld. Dorpfeld had originally helped out with Schliemann’s excavation. Following Schliemann’s death in 1890, Dorpfeld took over the excavation. He discovered two more cities to add to the seven that Schliemann found , and believed that troy VI was the troy of the Trojan War. It was three hundred yards of battlement that established the perimeter of the city. Dorpfeld also labelled the other areas excavated by Schliemann as Troy I – IX, also signifying with levels were from the bronze age (I – VII), the Greek (VIII) and the Romans (IX). He also discovered some Mycenaean Pottery in level VI. Dorpfeld believed that level VI was Homers Troy as wide streets, large houses, defensive walls and watch towers were supposedly in this city , and that’s what he had found. Wilhelm Dorpfeld left the excavation in 1894. He contributed to our understanding of Troy by finding more levels, and deciphering which one he believed to be Homer’s Troy. Dorpfeld’s excavation taught us that the level VI was most likely to be Homers Troy.
Carl Blegen was the next archaeologist on site. His excavation lasted a massive seven seasons, from 1832 – 1838. Blegen excavated in areas untouched by Schliemann and Dorpfeld and he sampled all the sites history. Blegen believed that troy VI fit the description of Homers troy but it had not