Where Troy Once Stood
by Iman Jacob Wilkens
Review of the 2009 newly revised and expanded edition
An outstanding work, entertaining, interesting and a true detective work of which any real Sherlock Holmes would be proud.
The first editions of Where Troy Once Stood were published in the early nineties. After twelve more years of research by the Author, there was much new material making production of the new 2009 Revised and Expanded Edition essential.
Where Troy Once Stoods' 430 pages destroys the myth of the Greek and Turkish origins of Troy with substantial compelling clear evidence. The real location of the City of Troy and the Trojan War are revealed in great detail with their Celtic origins in Europe. Most of the place names previously assumed to be Greek are shown to be Celtic, many still exist in similar form today.
The Author clearly demonstrates that the Trojan War geography recorded in ancient writings (Iliad, Dares and Dictys) do not fit Turkish geography, but closely match that of Britain and Europe.
The Author shows that after the destruction of Troy, the survivors build a new city on the nearby river Temese, in fact the Thames. The Celts called it Town of Troy (Caer Troia), the Romans named it Londinium Troia Nova (new Troy)
The highly detailed Supporting Evidence contained within Where Troy Once Stood includes: detailed maps, countless archaeological finds, historic place name matching, ancient historic writings, accurate geographic and topographic matching, cultural and linguistic evidence.
The reader may wonder, with so much evidence available for centuries, why has it taken such a long time to realise Troy and the Trojan War occurred in western Europe centred in Britain? the answer probably is long standing tradition and unlike the Author, few have spent 30 years researching, discovering and looking at the overall picture of the weighty evidence.
The Author and Sir Moses Finley (Professor Ancient History Cambridge) realised long ago there was a substantial weight of evidence making it clear that Troy and the Trojan War did not occur in Greece and Turkey (as we know it today), but some where else.
The Author explains the ancient writings that tell us a great many straight forward facts relating to Troy and the Trojan War which show it was not located in the Greek and Turkish Mediterranean area. A few examples are:
A few of the many other highlights are:
A very large number of Trojan War period bronze weapons have been found near Cambridge and date to 1200 BC (the time of Troy and the Trojan wars.
Homer details two large war dykes, none have been found in the Mediterranean setting, but two still exist near Cambridge.
The discovery of Mycenae (home of Agamemnon) and Argos (Agamemnon's kingdom) in France where remnants can still be found today.
The author also unravels and reveals the mystery of the Odyssey which in part was an oral maritime chart of the Atlantic, the Channel and the North Sea for Celtic sailors, as well as providing other information.
At the time, society as a whole was illiterate, there was no other way to pass on all kinds of important knowledge.
In summary, through 30 years of dedicated detective work the Author has discovered the location of Troy and the Trojan War and reveals all in stunning depth in this 2009 edition (newly revised and expanded).
The 2009 edition revisions include: