(ORDO NEWS) — Gold from the ancient cities of Troy, Poliochne and Ur had the same origin.
This conclusion was reached by an interdisciplinary team of scientists who used an innovative laser method to study the legendary products.
For the first time, a team of researchers used a portable laser ablation system to study artifacts found in the legendary Troy.
As part of a comparative analysis, the same method was used to study the Bronze Age jewelry found in the ancient city of Poliochne and in the tombs of Ur. The team included researchers from various institutions.
The mythical city of Troy is known to us from Homer’s Iliad. In 1873, Heinrich Schliemann discovered not only Troy, but also the treasure of Priam.
The origin of this gold has long been a mystery to scientists.
By the way, now Troy is located on the territory of the town of Hisarlik in the province of Canakkale, Turkey. Excavations have shown that Troy went through several different historical periods.
In a new study, a team of scientists using an advanced laser method was able to prove that the gold found in the cities of Poliochne, Troy and Ur came from the same source.
Let us explain that Poliochne is a city of the Helladic civilization that existed in the Bronze Age on the Greek island of Lemnos.
It was discovered by Italian archaeologists. Poliochne is considered one of the most important trading centers of the early Bronze Age.
Ur is an ancient city of Mesopotamia, one of the oldest Sumerian city-states of the ancient southern Mesopotamia, which existed from the 6th millennium to the 4th century BC.
It was located in southern Babylonia, in the south of the modern city of Tell el-Muqayyar in Iraq.
The analysis showed that the gold jewelry found in the royal tombs of Ur, in the buildings of Poliochne and in the hoard of Priam from Troy are identical in their chemical composition.
“This means that there must have been trade links between these remote regions,” the researchers said.
They found that Trojan jewelry is characterized by a high concentration of palladium, zinc and platinum. Further research showed that all the raw materials for them were mined in rivers in one area.
However, there are no such deposits in the Poliochne region, just as there were none in Mesopotamia. This made western Anatolia, where Troy is located, a possible source of gold for scientists.
However, researchers say that the mystery of the origin of Troy’s gold has not yet been revealed, since other possible trade routes through which gold could get to the mythical city should not be ruled out yet.
Interestingly, the study also proved that the jewelry was produced in series, and not individually.
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