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Then, he would try to use this knowledge to develop a coherent historic panorama," Zangger said. This process in itself is not uncommon for an archaeologist or historian. The only difference is that legitimate researchers then look for evidence that either supports or refutes their ideas. Instead, "Mellaart would fabricate drawings of artifacts and translations of alleged documents to reinforce his theories," Zangger said.

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The site has since been seen as important as it has helped in the study of the social and cultural dynamics of one of the earliest and largest permanently occupied farming settlements in the Near East. However, many other archaeologists did not agree with him, and the dispute created a controversy.

Mellaart was even accused of making up at least some of the mythological stories he presented as genuine. The furor caused the Turkish government to close up the site. The site was unattended for the next 30 years until excavations were begun anew in the s.

The city as a whole covers roughly The site stirred great excitement when Mellaart announced it and has since caused much head scratching. In fact, more recent work has turned up comparable features at other early Neolithic sites in the Near East, and this has benefited many people in their understanding of the site so that many of its one-time mysteries are no longer real issues.

They were ancestors of the Luwians who inhabited Troy II, and spread widely in the Anatolian peninsula. According to Mellaart, the proto-Luwian migrations to Anatolia came in several distinct waves over many centuries. The current trend is to see such migrations as mostly peaceful, rather than military conquests. Mellaart focused on the archaeologically observable destruction events of Troy II ca.

For him, they were associated with the arrival of Indo-Europeans from the eastern Balkans. Mellaart said that he had seen the treasures in in the Izmir home of a young woman whom he met on a train.

She sat in front of him in the train car, wearing a gold bracelet which drew his attention. She told him that she had more at home, so he came over and saw the collection. She did not allow him to take photographs, but did let him make drawings of them. He gave the story to The Illustrated London News , and then Turkish authorities demanded to know why they had not been informed. He said that the young woman, named Anna Papastrati, asked him to keep it secret. He was later allowed to return but later banned completely.

Retirement[ edit ] As of , Mellaart had retired from teaching and lived in North London with his wife and grandson. He died on 29 July

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Dazilkree As ofMellaart had retired from teaching and lived in North London with his wife and grandson. Travelling on the train to Jellaart in the summer ofMellaart said that he had met a girl called Anna Papastrati who was wearing a solid gold bracelet which he could not fail to notice. They were damaged, he said, and been impossible to photograph before they crumbled to plaster dust. He was enviably talented as an archaeologist, and jakes adept in stirring controversies—an accumulation of which brought about the end mellzart his career in active research in Anatolian prehistory. Some experts have suggested that the mysterious girl was a honeytrap working for a gang of dealers seeking authentication for their treasure from a respected archaeologist before selling it to a wealthy collector.

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James Mellaart

News James Mellaart James Mellaart, who has died aged 86, ranked among the most controversial archaeologists of the 20th century after claiming to have uncovered priceless royal artefacts plundered from Dorak, near the ancient city of Troy, which he said had been missing since the site was first excavated in the s. These Neolithic settlements contained not only the earliest textiles and pottery known to man but also the earliest paintings found on walls as distinct from caves. Mellaart explained that the original murals had proved impossible to remove or preserve. They were damaged, he said, and been impossible to photograph before they crumbled to plaster dust. Indeed, the only evidence of their existence were hurried sketches made by Mellaart and not released to public examination until , when they only added to the debate. There was no independent way of testing the accuracy, even the existence, of these frescoes, which Mellaart said depicted erupting volcanoes, scenes of men sowing and tending livestock the earliest evidence of the domestication of cattle , and formalised patterns of animals, birds and human figures in which Mellaart detected the origins of the Turkish kilim.

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The site has since been seen as important as it has helped in the study of the social and cultural dynamics of one of the earliest and largest permanently occupied farming settlements in the Near East. However, many other archaeologists did not agree with him, and the dispute created a controversy. Mellaart was even accused of making up at least some of the mythological stories he presented as genuine. The furor caused the Turkish government to close up the site. The site was unattended for the next 30 years until excavations were begun anew in the s.

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