The “Gold of Troy” treasure hoard, excavated in Turkey and dating to the era 2450 -2600 B.C., show the wide range of intricate gold work from delicate jewelry to a gold gravy boat weighing a full troy pound. This was a time when gold was highly valued, but had not yet begun to be used as money itself. Rather, it was owned by the powerful and well-connected, made into objects of worship, or used to decorate sacred places.
Heinrich Schliemann, a famous archeologist during the later half of the 19th century claimed to have found “Priam’s Treasure”. During two excavations in the 1870’s at Hissarlik, a hill in the then Ottoman Empire near the town of Chanak in north western Anatolia, Schliemann along with his team uncovered a rich Trojan treasure that includes beautiful pieces gold, silver, jewels, ivories, and the like.