Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


10 May 2016

The Early Iron Age at Troy reconsidered

Carolyn Aslan, Lisa Kealhofer & Peter Grave Oxford Journal of Archaeology 33.3 (2014): 275–312


Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) of Protogeometric ceramics at Troy supports a revision of our understanding of the site in the Protogeometric period. Previous interpretations of this period at Troy emphasized the importance of either Greek migration or Greek trade networks. A category of amphoras previously thought to be imports appears to have been made locally. NAA also indicates local production of a new class of handmade cooking pots, as well as more traditional Gray ware vessels. Analysis reveals a high degree of cultural continuity at Iron Age Troy, with inhabitants adopting and adapting a wider vocabulary of Protogeometric vessel types in the Aegean while integrating them with established local pottery traditions and resource use. The combinations of local and non-local components seen at Troy are more consistent with long-term dynamic Aegean interaction spheres than with more tenuous models of Aeolian migration or Euboian expansion.


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