(ORDO NEWS) — In Turkey, archaeologists working on excavations in ancient Troy have discovered a 3,700-year-old domed kiln. It demonstrates the connection of this legendary city with Anatolian culture.
The opening is reported by the Daily Sabah. It was made in the ancient city of Troy, which is located within the boundaries of the modern village of Tevfikiye in the province of Canakkale in northwestern Turkey. Researchers have unearthed the remains of a 3,700-year-old domed oven bearing features of Anatolian culture.
Commenting on the discovery, Professor Rustem Aslan noted that this is the first important find of the current excavation field season. The age of the city itself is estimated by historians at about 5500 years. The find sheds new light on its origin.
For many years, scientists have been arguing about who the Trojans really were. One theory says that Troy was “shaped by Anatolian culture in and after the Bronze Age”. Professor Aslan believes that the found domed oven, given its age and style, confirms this theory.
Additional excavations will be carried out at the site of the find. Rustem Aslan also noted that the possible links between Troy and Anatolia were partially established by the finds of the German archaeologist Manfred Korfmann, who led the excavations from 1988 until the early 2000s.
“In previous years, Professor Korfmann identified Troy as an Anatolian culture,” says Aslan. “The architectural structure of Troy and the emergence of domed ovens, which are commonly found in other modern Anatolian monuments, led Korfmann to this conclusion.”
According to the expert, the oldest domed kilns found in Troy date back to 2000 BC, which means they are about 300 years older than the last kiln found. We add that in 1998 Troy was included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.
By the way, the discoveries of the last three years have shown that this area could have been inhabited more than six centuries earlier than previously thought. Scientists have found that the ancient city of Troy was destroyed and rebuilt many times due to wars, fires and earthquakes.
During the excavations carried out in the city in the south of the Dardanelles over the past 150 years, a total of 10 layers of settlements have been discovered. Each layer is named and numbered from Troy I to Troy XI. In 2019, archaeologists stumbled upon a new layer, which they decided to call Troy 0.
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