Heinrich Schliemann (1822-1890) was a businessman and self-taught archaeologist who is best known for discovering the legendary city of Troy. Inspired by his belief in the veracity of the Homeric poems, Schliemann turned his attention to uncovering other cities mentioned in the Iliad. This volume provides an account in English of his excavations in 1884-1885 at Tiryns, a major Bronze Age city and centre of Mycenaean civilisation. These revealed a palace complex at the site, which was the most complete example of its kind until Evans' excavation of Knossos; examples of Minoan art found at Tiryns were the first demonstration of Mycenaean contact with the Minoan culture of Crete. The topography and history of the site and its artefacts are described, together with detailed discussion of the palace, and a description of Schliemann's controversial excavation methods. This volume remains an important source for the historiography of archaeology.
Preface F. Adler; 1. The excavations; 2. Topography and history of Tiryns; 3. The objects of terra-cotta, stone, &c., found in excavating the layers of debris of the oldest settlement in Tiryns; 4. The objects found in the debris of the second settlement of Tiryns; 5. The buildings of Tiryns Wilhelm Dorpfeld; 6. The excavations of the year 1885 Wilhelm Dorpfeld; Appendix - Mycenaean amber imported from the Baltic Otto Helm; Index.
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The Prehistoric Palace of the Kings of Tiryns - The Results of the Latest Excavations
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179 b/w illus. 27 colour illus. 3 maps