New Observations on the Troy I Culture in the Light of the Some Survey Finds from the Coastal Troad

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15th Symposium on the Mediterranean Archaeology, Catannia, Italy, 3 - 05 March 2011, vol.BAR 2695, pp.27-35

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: BAR 2695
  • City: Catannia
  • Country: Italy
  • Page Numbers: pp.27-35
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Recent surveys in the western coast of the Troad, an area facing the Aegean Sea, yielded new finds that represents the typical material culture of the early phases of Troy I. The finds embrace the transitional period between the Chalcolithic and the Early Bronze Age (EBA) known as Kumtepe IB period. (Figs. 1-12). It has been well established that the pottery of level I at Troy has close parallels at numerous sites, located both at the coastal regions and at sites far from the coast in Troad, as well as at sites of the adjacent northeastern Aegean Islands. This study aims to examine the typological and chronological aspects of these recent survey finds recently identified at three coastal Troadic sites, namely Külahlı (Figs. 4-7), Larisa-Limantepe (Figs. 8-12) and Colonae-Aktaşovası (Figs. 1-3). The soundings carried out in Külahlı, located 1 km west of the Gülpınar (Fig. 14), and identified two cultural levels belonging to EBA I and EBA III. The EBA I find from Külahlı displayed close parallels with those of Early Troy I. The surface investigations of Limantepe, near the ancient city of Larisa, (Fig. 14) yielded pottery typical of the Troy I period. The majority of the pottery found in Aktaşovası (Fig. 14) near ancient Colonae, also belongs to the early phase of Troy I. The surveys conducted by T. Takaoğlu demonstrated that the western coast of the Troad is rich in finds, representing the pre-Troy I and Troy I periods in the region.