Jan
18
2023

Upcoming lectures in Turkey

The Istanbul Chamber of Tourist Guides (İstanbul Rehberler Odası, IRO) has organized three lectures by Dr. Eberhard Zangger entitled “The Luwian Culture” at the kind initiative of Seden Edgü. The first lecture is reserved for IRO members and scheduled for February 7, 2023 at 6:00 pm at Akademi Beyoğlu. The second lecture is open to the public; it will be held on Wednesday, February 8,…

Jan
18
2023

Synopses in English, German and Turkish

The main results of the comprehensive study of Middle and Late Bronze Age settlements in western Turkey, published in August 2022, have been made available to a wide audience in various popular science summaries. The Ancient Near East Today newsletter, read by over 42,000 subscribers, including many archaeologists, published an article entitled “Putting the Luwian culture on the map”. Shortly thereafter,

Jan
18
2023

The 56th Winterseminar in Klosters

Under the title “The Earth, the Sky and the Netherworld: Cosmology 3200 Years Ago,” Eberhard Zangger, president of the Luwian Studies foundation, gave a one-hour lecture on celestial aspects in Bronze Age Anatolia at this year’s Winterseminar in Klosters. The Winterseminar, which took place for the 56th time this year, was established in 1966 by the Göttingen bio- and physical chemist Prof. Manfred Eigen (1927–2019)…

Dec
15
2022

Ivo Hajnal receives Grand Medal of Honor in Silver

Innsbruck linguist and Luwian Studies foundation board member Ivo Hajnal was awarded the Grand Medal of Honor in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria on December 14, 2022. The prestigious award was presented by the rector of the University of Innsbruck Tilmann Märk on behalf of the federal president. It recognizes Ivo Hajnal’s outstanding achievements in academia and his work as chairman of…

Oct
19
2022

New book by Jörg Mull

Jörg Mull had already published a comprehensive book in German in 2017 on the various explanatory models for the end of the Bronze Age (Mythen und Metalle – Der Trojanische Krieg, die Seevölker und der Kulturbruch am Ende der Bronzezeit), and now a new work by him has appeared in English. It is entitled Towards the Borders of the Bronze Age and Beyond: Mycenaean Long…

Aug
31
2022

“Middle and Late Bronze Age Western Asia Minor: A Status Report”

The EAA proceedings which appeared today include a 140-page paper by Eberhard Zangger, Alper Aşınmaz and Serdal Mutlu entitled: “Middle and Late Bronze Age Western Asia Minor: A Status Report.” The researchers evaluated the results of 33 excavations and 30 archaeological surveys in western Turkey and, on this basis, identified 477 large settlement sites that were inhabited for at least 1000 years, and in some…

Aug
31
2022

“The Political Geography of Western Anatolia in the Late Bronze Age”

Just in time for the start of this year’s EAA conference in Budapest, the volume containing the papers on the EAA session entitled “The Political Geography of Western Anatolia in the Late Bronze Age,” which took place in Bern in 2019, is published today – also in Budapest. The anthology of just over 400 pages contains twelve contributions by the following authors: Alper Aşınmaz, Haldun…

Aug
22
2022

Caria Conference in Milas

On September 2-3, 2022, after a two-year disruption due to the pandemic, the “13th Caria, Carians and Milas Symposium” will be held in Milas near Bodrum, owing its existence solely to the tireless efforts of Olcay Akdeniz. The symposium brings together many archaeologists working in western Turkey. Its theme “Economy and Trade in Caria” will commence with an invited lecture by Dr. Eberhard Zangger on…

Jun
20
2022

The Symbolic Meaning of Yazılıkaya

The Yazılıkaya rock sanctuary near Hattusa is a special place in Hittite religion. Recently, an international team of researchers found out that this sanctuary, like many temples in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, symbolizes the cosmos. It depicts the deities who watch over heaven, earth and underworld and enables the transition between these spheres of the cosmos. Parallel to the extensive scientific publication which has been…