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This building stood on the lowest terrace of the great citadel mound and formed part of the Troy VI palace complex. The ceramic finds of this period display not only an advanced, independent style, but also a taste for Mycenaean imports. Immediately noticeable are four vertical offsets in the wall. The stones here are carefully cut. This detail indicates the taste of the occupants of the palace and their desire for prestige. This achievement is all the more impressive when one considers that iron tools were not available in this period. Homer repeatedly mentions the ?beautiful? walls of Troia/Ilios.

Inside the L-shaped layout of House VIM were several rooms about whose function little is known. Storage-vessels (pithoi) have been preserved, so there was storage here. A few steps show that there was a second storey, but none of it survives. Just as with the other buildings of the Troy VI period, the outer side-walls of House VIM are both oriented towards the central point of the citadel. This is evidence of a unified architectural plan, which guaranteed that streets of uniform width could run between the buildings, up to the centre of the citadel. House VIM continued in use and was enlarged during the succeeding phase of Troy VIIa.

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  • Written Mar 6, 2010
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