Oct
16
2017

Interview with Fred Woudhuizen about the question whether the hieroglyphic inscription from Beyköy might be forged

As soon as the Luwian hieroglyphic inscription from Beyköy appeared, people started raising the possibility that it might be a forgery. What led to this?

Actually, my co-author and I heard about these suspicions about four weeks before the news broke. We didn’t realize that the text had been around for quite some time. Some colleagues had seen it as long as 28 years ago…

Oct
10
2017

The Luwians in the limelight

The rediscovery of the longest Luwian hieroglyphic inscription from the Bronze Age receives media attention throughout the world. Der Spiegel devotes three pages to the subject. Popular Archeology offers a substantial article in which adversaries are quoted. The US-American prehistorian Eric Cline says that outside the foundation Luwian Studies no one believes in a scenario in which the Sea People are derived from western Asia…

Oct
07
2017

“Die Luwier und der Trojanische Krieg – eine Entdeckungsgeschichte”

In his new book, geoarchaeologist Eberhard Zangger portrays eight discoverers who since 1872 have explored the early history of Anatolia. In retrospect, these pioneers achieved important breakthroughs. During their time, however, they all failed within the university system. This latest piece of research history deals with the ancient documents found at Beyköy – and it reads like a crime novel. Having heard nothing of the…

Oct
07
2017

The longest Luwian hieroglyphic inscription from the Bronze Age has been re-discovered

The book “Die Luwier und der Trojanische Krieg – eine Entdeckungsgeschichte” was published today by the Orell Füssli publishing house in Zurich, Switzerland. It shows for the first time a nearly 30-meter-long Luwian hieroglyphic inscription describing events at the end of the Bronze Age, around 1200 BC, in the eastern Mediterranean. One of the greatest riddles in Mediterranean archaeology is thus brought to a plausible…

Oct
01
2017

Lydia Conference in Izmir, May 2017

The conference Archeology and History of Lydia from the Early Lydian Period to Late Antiquity took place in Izmir on 17 and 18 May. Fred Woudhuizen and Eberhard Zangger presented their analysis of two letters from 1995, in total 22 pages long, in which the English prehistorian James Mellaart summarizes the contents of the three bronze tablets discovered in Beyköy in 1878. Government officials of…

Jan
04
2017

Interview with Eberhard Zangger about newspaper articles and expert opinions on the book “The Luwian Civilization”

Recent newspaper articles suggest that journalists tend to see your book favorably, while experts reject its main theses. How do you explain that?

The journalists have received the book, read it, and watched the video of my lecture, and in most cases they have also talked to me at some length. I see no indications that the experts who have thus far been contacted by…

Nov
23
2016

Book now available in German

Six months after the publication of “The Luwian Civilization”, the book is now also available in German. “Die luwische Kultur – Das fehlende Element in der Ägäischen Bronzezeit” is its title. The book was written by Eberhard Zangger and has been published by Ege Yayınları in Istanbul. It comprises 330 pages and 158 color images (ISBN 978-605-9680-21-9). The book contains virtually all the texts and…

Nov
22
2016

Colloquium Contributions will appear as Proceedings

The topic of the first colloquium of Luwian Studies was: “What do we know about Luwian – and how do we know that?” On 3 November 2016, twenty experts from different European countries met in Zurich to exchange their views under the moderation of Alice Mouton (Paris). Each of the lectures by Annick Payne (Bern), Frederico Giusfredi (Verona), Ilya S. Yakubovich (Marburg) and Massimiliano Marazzi…

Nov
21
2016

Poster “The End of the Aegean Bronze Age” now available

The main premises of the foundation Luwian Studies is that up until now the study of Aegean prehistory suffered from a design flaw, because it focused exclusively on archaeological sites that are located in Europe. A new poster is now available – with either English or Turkish legends and captions – to demonstrate the difference between the current paradigms and the new model proposed by…

Jun
13
2016

Colloquium on Luwian Studies to be held in Zurich

Luwian language and script will be the primary subjects of the first colloquium of the foundation Luwian Studies, which will be held on 3 November 2016 in „Zentrum Karl der Grosse“ in the old town of Zurich. Many of the (few) experts who scrutinize this early Indo-European language will be present. The lectures by Annick Payne (Basel), Frederico Giusfredi (Verona) and Ilya S. Yakubovich (Marburg)…