Fossil Finds Around Ancient Troy

Reyhan Korpe


Greek myths mention the existence of a monster (ketos) arount the city of Troy. This monster was killed by Heracles at cape Agammia (now Kucuk Besire Burun). There is a scene on a Greek vase dated to the sixth century, which depicts the heroic deed of Heracles at Agammia. The head of the monster is unmistakably a large animal fossil skull. In our survey project around Troy, we found fossil beds in in Beşige Burun, which most likey is the source of Greek myths concerning the Monster of Troy.

Keywords: Troy, Fossill, Agammia, Kucuk Besige, Kumburun

DOI: 10.7176/JSTR/5-2-25

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ISSN (online) 2422-8702