Hissarlik (modern day Turkey): This site touches both Europe and Asia and is the earliest known presence of the swastika symbol. Hissarlik is also the site of Dr. Schliemann’s discoveries of the symbol during his excavations of Homer’s Troy(16). Schliemann had discovered identical symbols in Homer’s Troy to the Hindu swastikas, which become the symbol of occidental Aryan identity(17).

Schliemann will later trace the symbol to archeological sites in Mycenal, Babylonia, Tibet, Greece, Gaza and Asia Minor(18). For this reason, Schliemann made the assumption that the symbol was a religious symbol that linked Germanic civilizations to Teutons, Greeks and Vedic Indians(19). Brown, a fellow archeologist of Schliemann, claimed that the Indo-Europeans first came into contact with the symbol at Hissarlik(20).

Hundreds of objects, from pottery to terra cotta wools, were discovered with the swastika on them, used for decorative purposes. Objects such as these date to 2,000 B.C(21). From the Hissarlik site, it is believed that the swastika migrated westward into Europe, via the Silk Road and migrated into Greece after the Aegean civilization fell.

(16)Heller and Roth, pg. 7
(17)Mees, pg. 59
(18)Heller and Roth, pg. 7
(19)Heller and Roth, pg. 31
(20)Heller and Roth, pg. 31
(21) Heller and Roth, pg. 30

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