When artifact becomes cartifact — locally-published and detailed archaeological plan of Ancient Troy.

Plan of Ancient Troy


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Cartographer(s): AYLA
Date: 1964
Place: Çanakkale
Dimensions: 56.5 x 40 cm (22.2 x 15.8 in)
Condition Rating: VG


This detailed archaeological plan and visitor guide of Ancient Troy was published in the nearby city of Çanakkale. The quality of the plan, and the clarity with which the myriad archaeological phases of the city are mapped, leads as to believe it was given to the publisher by an archaeological team working at the site. The earliest layers of settlement, the expanded and walled Mycenaean city, and significant Roman occupation, are all evident.

Troy was a city in the far northwest of the region known in late Classical antiquity as Asia Minor, now known as Anatolia in modern Turkey, just south of the southwest mouth of the Dardanelles strait and northwest of Mount Ida. The present-day location is Hisarlik. It was the setting of the Trojan War described in the Greek Epic Cycle, in particular in the Iliad, one of the two epic poems attributed to Homer.

In 1865, English archaeologist Frank Calvert excavated trial trenches in a field he had bought from a local farmer at Hisarlik, and in 1868, Heinrich Schliemann, a wealthy German businessman and archaeologist, also began excavating in the area after a chance meeting with Calvert in Çanakkale. These excavations revealed several cities built in succession.

The title of the map misspells Troy as ‘Tory,’ adding a little extra charm to this piece of ephemera.




AYLA – publishers on Çarçi Caddesi No. 77, Çanakkale.

Condition Description

Folding map with minor wear and browning.