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Greeks sailed into ancient Trojan bay

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12:23pm, November 20, 2001

From Boston, at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.

Around 1250 B.C., a Greek force beached its warships on the shores of Asia Minor and laid siege to the city of Troy. On nearby land, geologists have discerned the outline of a former bay that has filled with silt since the conflict. Aided by classical literature, they've now charted where the attackers came ashore.

An alluvial plain covers what was a quiet, marshy cove during the stormy struggle recounted in Homer's Iliad, says John C. Kraft of the University of Delaware in Newark. Sediment analyses indicate that a spit of land skirted the marsh to the west, opposite Troy, enclosing a sheltered, U-shape bay.

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