Ancient city of Troy rebranded itself after war
|Trojan Horse from the movie "Troy" [Credit: Warner Bros/Everett/Rex Features]|
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.
Peter Grave et al, Cultural dynamics and ceramic resource use at Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age Troy, northwestern Turkey. Journal of Archaeological Sciences
Source: New Scientist [December 18, 2012]