February 06, 2013

Inside Wisconsin: Science can unlock secrets that lie between history’;s legends and reality

Everyone knows a bit about the legend of Troy: Boy meets girl, boy steals girl, Greeks dispatch Achilles and a bunch of guys in 1,000 ships to fight the Trojans, 10-year siege ends when the Greeks build a wooden horse, slip inside the gates and kill all of the cityÂ’;s gullible defenders. ThatÂ’;s the legend, slightly abridged from the Homeric epic. Sifting through history for a better grasp on the reality of ancient Troy is the subject of a groundbreaking research project involving researchers at the UW-Madison.

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