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Last September Dr. Schliemann recommenced his work of excavating the ruins at Hissarlih, and when the severity of the winter compelled a cessation of his exertions, he came over on a hurried visit to England, and placed in the Museum of South Kensington another addition of ourious and interesting relics of ancient Troy. Among the most remarkable is a dagger made of meteoric steel, found in the Trojan Palace. It is the only iron that has as yet been discovered. There are also shown a small ivory instrument used in weaving, one end pointed and the other in the form of a pig's head, and a bottle containing a small piece of wood with some woollen yarn attached. Among a number of gold ornaments is a massive bracelet consisting of a band an inch in width, ornamented with filagree work of the Mycenian type. A hair-pin of gold, octagonal in form, the top decorated with a row of tiny vases, is very curious, as was a mass of silver ornaments, studs, ear-rings, &c. , fused together in a solid mass. Dr. Schliemann intended to resume his work on the lßt of March, and continue it until June. Sir A. H. Layard has obtained from the Sultan permission for further excavations in the village of Koum Kale and in the tombs on the Plain of Troy, supposed to be those* of Achilles, and Hector. Dr. Schliemann writes : — " It is true that the six heroic tombs hitherto excavated have given no whatever, but I attribute this failure merely to the inexperience of the excavators, and I feel confident that, if not more, I shall at least find in each tomb the key to its chronology ; nay, I venture to promise this even for the tumuli that have already been excavatejd." It is Dr. Schliemann'a belief that Kdiyn Kale is built over the city Achilleion^spoken of by Herodotus, Pliny, and Strabo.

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DR. SCHLIEMANN'S EXPLORATIONS., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume VI, Issue 687, 30 April 1879

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DR. SCHLIEMANN'S EXPLORATIONS. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume VI, Issue 687, 30 April 1879