Discovery of Bronze-Age `Refrigerators´ Expands Homer´s Troy
Bloomberg [USA], Sept. 17 2008
The remains of two outsized earthenware pots, a ditch and evidence of a
gate dating back more than 3,000 years are changing scholars'
perceptions about the city of Troy at the time Homer's "Iliad" was set.
The discoveries this year show that Troy's lower town was much bigger in
the late Bronze Age than previously thought, according to Ernst
Pernicka, the University of Tubingen professor leading excavations on
the site in northwestern Turkey. His team has uncovered a trench 1.4
kilometers long, 4 meters wide and 2 meters deep. The full length of the
trench, which probably encircled the city and served a defensive
purpose, may be as much as 2.5 kilometers, Pernicka said in an interview
in his office in Mannheim, Germany. Troy may have been as big as 40
hectares, with a population as high as 10,000, he estimates.