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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:27 am  |  Posted from: United Kingdom
  

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Archaeologists decipher 3,200-year-old stone telling of invasion of mysterious sea people

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A copy of the inscription was found in the estate of archaeologist James Mellaart: Luwian Studies Foundation

Ancient symbols on a 3,200-year-old stone slab have been deciphered by researchers who say they could solve "one of the greatest puzzles of Mediterranean archaeology".
The 29-metre limestone frieze, found in 1878, in what is now modern Turkey, bears the longest known hieroglyphic inscription from the Bronze Age. Only a handful of scholars worldwide, can read its ancient Luwian language.
The first translation has offered an explanation for the collapse of the Bronze Age's powerful and advanced civilizations.

The script tells how a united fleet of kingdoms from western Asia Minor raided coastal cities on the eastern Mediterranean.
It suggests they were part of a marauding seafaring confederation, which historians believe played a part in the collapse of those nascent Bronze Age civilisations.
Researchers believe the inscriptions were commissioned in 1190 BC by Kupanta-Kurunta, the king of a late Bronze Age state known as Mira.
The text suggests the kingdom and other Anatolian states invaded ancient Egypt and other regions of the east Mediterranean before and during the fall of the Bronze Age.

Archaeologists have long attributed the sudden, uncontrollable collapse of the dominant civilisations around 1200BC partly to the impact of naval raids. But the identity and origin of the invaders which modern-day scholars call the Trojan Sea People, had puzzled archaeologists for centuries.
The new findings follow research by an interdisciplinary team of Swiss and Dutch archaeologists.
They include Dr Fred Woudhuizen, thought to be one only 20 people in the world who can read Luwian. He translated the inscription.

The 35cm-tall, 10-metre-long limestone slab was found 1878 in the village of Beyköy, 34 kilometres north of Afyonkarahisar in modern Turkey. French archaeologist George Perrot copied the inscription before the stone was used by villagers as building material for the foundation of a mosque.
The copy was rediscovered in the estate of English prehistorian James Mellaart after his death in 2012 and was handed over by his son to Dr Eberhard Zangger, president of the Luwian Studies foundation, to study.

Mr Zangger, a Dutch linguist and expert in Luwian language and script, said the inscription suggested "Luwians from western Asia Minor contributed decisively to the so-called Sea Peoples’ invasions - and thus to the end of the Bronze Age in the eastern Mediterranean".
The foundations said: "One of the greatest puzzles of Mediterranean archeology can thus be plausibly solved."
The translation and researchers' findings will be published in December in the journal Proceedings of the Dutch Archaeological and Historical Society and in a book by Mr Zangger.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:36 pm  |  Posted from: Australia
  

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Thanks Horus.

The Sea People are a puzzle that has been around for a long time.

If its solved by one translation in one location then that will be a miracle. There must be 100 Phd's that have said they don't know. Still this might be a breakthrough.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:28 am  |  Posted from: Australia
  

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The text does not exist. Mellart was associated with some very dodgy stuff, and was eventually excluded from working in Turkey. Hodder says he invented evidence at Catal Hoyuk. These scholars are not widely respected. The whole thing is prob. a beat up.

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Winged Isis wrote:
The text does not exist. Mellart was associated with some very dodgy stuff, and was eventually excluded from working in Turkey. Hodder says he invented evidence at Catal Hoyuk. These scholars are not widely respected. The whole thing is prob. a beat up.


Mellaart was certainly an archaeologist with a murky background.

"Woudhuizen and Zangger think it would have been difficult for Mellaart, who was part of an earlier translation team as an expert on the archaeology of western Turkey, to forge such a long text in Luwian."

They may be right....but the very fact it crossed their minds speaks volumes :lol:

And Mellaart does have 'form' when it comes to forgery and making things up.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0508/S00224.htm


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Exactly. The mere mention of his name sets alarm bells ringing amongst archaeologists. I won't quote some of their comments I've heard for obvious reasons.

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Here's another archaeologist's take on the saga :

http://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/blogs/ ... -the-buzz/


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