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Lost and Found: Heinrich Schliemann and the Gold that Got Away Hardcover – July 1, 1996

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; 1st American ed edition (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670856797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670856794
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the real larger-than-life characters of the 19th century, Heinrich Schliemann made his fortune in the Russian indigo trade and the California gold rush. He achieved his fame by uncovering the cities Troy and Mycenae. And if it wasn't the Troy of the Trojan War or the Mycenae of Agamemnon, as Schliemann claimed, the value of his discovery, in terms of archeology and pure treasure, is still indisputable. Like Schliemann of Troy by David Traill, Caroline Moorehead uncovers Schliemann's arrogance and his propensity to exaggerate, if not lie outright. But she's not so focused on his faults that she's blind to his strengths.

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Moorehead, a biographer and journalist, focuses on the convoluted history of the finds German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann made upon his discovery of Troy, from the time of their excavation to the present decade. Based on interviews and archival research, her work is devoted mainly to a well-written and -researched life of Schliemann, drawing on original documents also used by David Traill in his biography (Schliemann of Troy, LJ 2/1/96), while taking a more generous view of Schliemann's flaws. The remainder of the book deals with the objects taken from Berlin during World War II and shipped to the Soviet Union, where they remained hidden in the Pushkin Museum until two Russian art historians were able to document their whereabouts (see Konstantin Akinsha and others' Beautiful Loot: The Soviet Plunder of Europe's Art Treasures, LJ 8/95). Moorehead has done readers a service by bringing together information on so many aspects of the tale of "Priam's Treasure." Presented like a good detective story, her book is hard to put down. For the general reader.?Joan W. Gartland, Detroit P.L.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ricky Hunter on September 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Caroline Moorehead's Lost and Found (the 9,000 Treasures of Troy, Heinrich Schliemann and the Gold That Got Away) is basically a biography of Schliemann with a long epilogue tracing the travels of the gold from Troy in the twentienth century, taking in its journeys through Nazi Germany and, ultimately, Soviet Russia. This section of the book is fascinating but the real meat is the story of Schliemann himself. The author can be a bit of an apologist for Schliemann but considering the vitriol that has been heaped on him in his own time and the following decades, a little defense is not inappropriate. The story is well told and quite exciting. Schliemann may be a hard subject to like but he is always fascinating to read about and this book tells his story very well. A short, interesting read for those with any interest in the peculiarities of nineteenth century archeology.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian K O'Malley on June 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
'LOST AND FOUND' is a very thorough biography of Heinrich Schliemann but the insightful discussion concerning "Priam's Treasure", post Schliemann's lifetime, would have been better suited for an extended newspaper editorial. The intricacies of Schliemann's archaeological methodology are not explained adequately and that is a shame. Moorehead mentions Schliemann's innovative use of ceramic analysis (potsherds) but fails to adequately define how revolutionary and important it was at the time. Moorehead does a great job explaining how Schliemann's initial foray into archaeology resembled the work of grave robber. If you are interested in Heinrich Schliemann the man, then read this book... now. But, if you are interested in the evolution of 19th century archaeology or in-depth archaeological validation of the Trojan War, then there are much better books on the subject. A good example of a better book on the latter two subjects is: 'FINDING THE WALLS TROY: FRANK CALVERT AND HEINRICH SCHLIEMANN AT HISARLIK', by Susan Allen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Snowbrocade VINE VOICE on September 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is the story of the gold unearthed by the archeologist Schliemann in his dig at Hissarlik. Schliemann spent many years excavating this site and in his early years at the site unearthed some fabulous artifacts including a collection of gold jewelry he claimed was Helen's treasure. Schliemann smuggled this treasure out of the country despite an agreement with the Turkish government that he would share his findings with them. This is characteristic of early archeology, more tomb robber than scientist.

Despite his bad reputation, Schliemann managed to secure permission to excavate many sites throughout the world, making many important discoveries. This book covers the biography of Schliemann, an autodidact who became rich through trade and then pursued his interest in ancient Greek, particularly the works of Homer, by digging for treasure following the cues of Homer and other ancient authors such as Pausanias. Schliemann was an extraordinary intellect, learning up to 20 languages in his lifetime and publishing several books. He learned archeology by doing and amended his early tomb-robbing style to a more careful study of sites. Schliemann had many critics throughout his life but also some influential supporters such as Gladstone in England.

Moorehead provides a balanced view of Schliemann's biography. She also tracks what happened to the treasures of Troy when they were captured by the Russians at the end of WWII. Apparently the Russians confiscated many Nazi caches of art. The Germans had looted and destroyed many Russian works of art in Eastern Europe and the Russians felt they were due restitution for what was lost. According to Moorehead there were millions of artifacts stored in Russia that only recently have been located. At the time of publication the fate of the treasure of Troy was uncertain. This is a fascinating, well researched and well-written account combining history and biography. Highly recommended!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tom Munro on October 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is another book about the life of Heinrich Scheilmann. Scheilmann was a German who made a vast sum of money as a merchant selling indigo a sort of blue dye. He developed an interest in Greek culture and set out to prove that the events described in the works of Homer were true.
He traveled to Turkey and sought out the sight of Troy using Homers descriptions in the Illiad. He certainly found the remnants of an old city and in it gold. Scheilmann is a man for whom truth was very much a theoretical concept rather than something that would guide him in day to day life. He hid the gold from the Turkish authorities and smuggled it to Greece. Some have suggested that he may even have planted the gold himself to give greater credence to the city being Troy. One thing is certain and that at this point in his life he was a dreadful archeologist. The key to archeology is the careful removal of soil and the mapping in detail of the objects found. Scheilmann simply had his men dig looking for things such as treasure and throwing everything else away. For this reason he has been seen more as a vandal than anything else.
This book tries to rehabilitate his reputation and show that he was an important figure in the discovery of Greek history. The author basically argues that after his first dig he began to use people with skill on his digs and to do things more carefully. He returned to Troy on a number of occasions and in later digs was more careful and systematic. He also dug up at least three other sites of major importance.
The reality is that if all of the sights he dug at had been left untouched until now we would probably have had a better understanding of our past. Never the less Scheilmann's life is one of fascination so that the book is one that is easy to read.
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