Frank Calvert Excavated Troy

Frank Calvert, a British expatriate and diplomat purchased a great mound at Hisarlik, Turkey suspected to be the ancient city of Troy. Calvert began excavations in 1858, prior to German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann announcing his findings in 1865. Calvert’s heirs filed a claim in 1996 to a portion of Schliemann’s Trojan treasures maintaining that Schliemann’s discoveries of a set of ceremonial axes found on Calvert’s land was actually smuggled to Berlin, Germany in 1890. In 1994, it was revealed they were in the collection of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, Russia following their loss at the end of World War I.

      1858, 1996
      Frank Calvert
      Hisarlik, Turkey

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