Mar
30
2018

Theory on Luwians and Sea Peoples’ Invasions: A Sequence of Events

The Spiegel article by Frank Thadeusz on the revelations found in James Mellaart’s former study says of Eberhard Zangger’s ideas that “his theory about the Luwians, inflated with much steam, has shrunk to the size of a wrinkled balloon.” A number of media – including Wikipedia authors – have adopted this opinion. They write, for example, that Mellaart’s documents were “an essential…

Mar
14
2018

Interview with Eberhard Zangger about the Spiegel article “Schrumpliger Luftballon” (“wrinkled balloon”)

For a long time the Spiegel editorial team gave the impression of enthusiastically and unreservedly supporting your theses about Troy and the Luwians. Now Spiegel journalist Frank Thadeusz has published a scathing article about you in connection with James Mellaart’s forgeries, which you until recently considered genuine. What happened?

I think several factors came together. Firstly, journalists like to link what they write to a…

Mar
14
2018

Owen Jarus reports on livescience.com about the latest revelations from James Mellaart’s study

The journalist writes: “‘He used the same approach for over 50 years,’ Zangger told Live Science. ‘He would first acquire a tremendously broad and deep knowledge [about the area he was interested in]. Then, he would try to use this knowledge to develop a coherent historic panorama, ’ Zangger said. This process in itself is not uncommon for an archaeologist or historian. The only difference…

Feb
28
2018

James Mellaart forged documents throughout his life

Last year, Luwian Studies received documents from the estate of British prehistorian James Mellaart for further investigation. Mellaart had identified these texts as being of particular importance. He left a note to his literary executors encouraging them to immediately publish the material. An examination of Mellaart’s study in London has now provided clear evidence that the prehistorian invented these translations of allegedly 3000-years-old documents.

Mellaart’s…

Dec
07
2017

“NZZ Geschichte” – A panel discussion about the history of discovering the Luwians

Despite a steep admission fee of eighty Swiss francs, the 140 seats in the NZZ Foyer were almost sold out, when the editor in chief of “NZZ Geschichte”, Peer Teuwsen, invited the literary scholar Jan Philipp Reemtsma and the geoarchaeologist Eberhard Zangger to a panel discussion on 27 November 2017. For one and a half hours the panellists talked about the investigation into the Luwian…

Dec
07
2017

Scholarly publication of the hieroglyphic inscription from Beyköy published and available online

The scholarly publication of the longest Luwian hieroglyphic inscription from the Bronze Age is now available for free download. It was published online by Talanta – Proceedings of the Dutch Archaeological and Historical Society and can be downloaded here: https://luwianstudies.academia.edu/EZangger

The paper, authored by Swiss geoarchaeologist Eberhard Zangger and Dutch linguist Fred Woudhuizen, includes transcriptions, translations and commentaries not only for…

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…