Wolf-Dietrich Niemeier

The richest finds from Late Bronze Age Miletus—such as this 13th-century B.C. gold rosette—come from tombs excavated early in the 20th century. These tombs contained gold objects, bronze weapons and faience jewelry. The excavations at Troy, on the other hand, have not turned up tombs—at least not yet—which explains why the Trojan finds tend to be typical trade items, such as Mycenaean and Canaanite shipping jars, rather than precious objects.