Sampling Strategy

Looking back and thinking about what we would have done if being the first people to come across the site,  we would use a random sampling strategy to determine where to drop test pits. Considering there are multiple Troy’s stacked on top of each other, in using this strategy, we would most likely find the newest City of Troy due to the law of superposition.  But, since this presentation is focused on Troy VII, there would need to be different steps included in order to reach the foundation we are looking for.

One step is using Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR). This method sends magnetic pulses through the ground that detects and outlines structures below the ground surface. Unlike other methods, GPR can detect archaeological finds without damaging artifacts or structures. Moreover, considering there were multiple Troy’s that were built on the bones and foundations of the predeceasing Troy’s, there would be a need to use stratification to determine the number to cities built over time. Upon finding specific artifacts from test pits and using the laws of stratigraphy and association, we would be able to determine what artifacts were buried during which Troy’s downfall, therefore creating a structured timeline for the entire site, as well as Troy VII.

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