First Luwian Cultural Center Opened

Turkish news agency Demirören reports that the world’s first “Cultural Center for Ancient Luwian Civilization” was opened by the Adana Municipality on June 21, 2023. According to the press release, the life and culture of the Luwians (ca. 2200–700 BCE), one of the oldest population groups in Asia Minor, will be researched at the center and knowledge about them will be made available for future generations. The opening ceremony was attended by a number of regional politicians, as well as chairmen and leaders of non-governmental organizations. The mayor of Seyhan, Akif Kemal Akay, pointed out that in the ten-thousand-year prehistory of Anatolia there is a big gap between the cultures of Göbeklitepe and Çatalhöyük on the one hand, and the Greek-influenced cities of the first millennium BCE on the Aegean coast on the other. The aim is to show what has been achieved by the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Luwian culture.