Heinrich Schliemann. Tiryns. 1885.
Schliemann (1822-1890) was a German archaeologist who excavated Troy, Mycenae, and Tiryns. He established his fame as a pioneering archaeologist by his careful rereading of Homeric texts and his willingness to extrapolate from those texts to actual archaeological field work. This led him to reject the accepted site of the ancient city of Troy at Bunarbashi. He instead excavated at the village of Hisarlik, a location that prove to be the correct site of the Homeric city. But Schliemann's field methods were still rough and sometimes destructive; later collaboration with other archaeologists refined his approach. Each of his major excavations was followed by a book detailing his monumental discoveries. This superb first edition describes the ground plan of the Mycenaean palace with associated relics, and also represents the summation of his long experience in fieldwork and excavation. [EB]
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