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…

Apr
06
2022

The Luwian Studies Library in the center of Zurich

The protohistorian and linguist Frederik C. Woudhuizen, who passed away in September 2021, had stipulated that his extensive library on the archaeology and linguistic history of the Mediterranean countries should become the property of the Luwian Studies foundation. The foundation thanks Fred’s brother Douwe Woudhuizen for his generous and expeditious handling of the estate. In the meantime, the books have arrived in Zurich, where they…

Mar
18
2022

Equinoxes and Solstices Through Eternity

According to astronomical definition, the vernal equinox marks the beginning of spring north of the equator and the beginning of autumn south of it. The direction of the sunsets at the four seasonal turning points (winter solstice, spring equinox, summer solstice and autumn equinox) are marked with lines in the pavement of the Lower West Terrace of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

The two equinox…

Mar
13
2022

New Online Lecture about the Luwians on YouTube

The Luwians were the focus of a 75-minute online lecture given by Luwian Studies’ President Dr. Eberhard Zangger on March 10, 2022, in the framework of the YouTube channel for the Tour Guides Academy. Professor Uğur Akdu from the Tourism Faculty of Gumushane University had invited Eberhard Zangger to speak about the current state of knowledge of Middle and Late Bronze Age cultures in western…

Nov
17
2021

A comprehensive introduction to Fred Woudhuizen’s lifework

The lifework of archaeologist Frederik Woudhuizen, who died in September 2021, consists of 25 books and more than 100 scholarly articles. Woudhuizen has proposed decipherments for writing systems that are generally considered to be undeciphered, including Cretan hieroglyphs, the Byblos script, Linear A and the Cypro-Minoan script. Virtually all of Woudhuizen’s investigations are interrelated, so that a coherent system of the early Mediterranean writing systems…

Sep
29
2021

Fred Woudhuizen (1959–2021)

The field of Luwian studies has lost one of its most knowledgeable and prolific scholars: Frederik Christiaan Woudhuizen passed away on September 28, 2021. Fred Woudhuizen was an expert on ancient Indo-European languages, hieroglyphic Luwian and Mediterranean protohistory. He obtained a doctorate from Erasmus University Rotterdam with a dissertation on The Ethnicity of the Sea Peoples. Woudhuizen has published 25 books, including The Luwians of…

Sep
12
2021

SEAC Meeting in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

The European Society for Astronomy in Culture (SEAC) met Sept. 6–11, 2021 for their annual conference in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, in the form of a combined on-site and virtual conference. “Cultural Astronomy & Ancient Skywatching” was the theme of the 28th annual SEAC meeting. The papers given covered natural and social sciences, including astronomy, anthropology, history, archaeology, architecture and mathematics. Luwian Studies’ president Eberhard Zangger…