May
28
2020

Statement by the Foundation Board of Luwian Studies

It has come to the attention of the Luwian Studies foundation that some social media posts have expressed a belief that the Alevi religious community may be descendants of the ancient Luwians. Although we have great respect for the Alevis, it is not possible that they are related to Luwians. The term Luwian refers to the city states and petty kingdoms that existed during the…

Feb
26
2020

Lecture by Dr. Tijmen Pronk on Indo-European and Anatolian languages

Dr. Tijmen Pronk from the Institute for Comparative Indo-European Linguistics at the University of Leiden gave a highly exciting lecture on “Indo-European, Anatolian and the Secondary Products” at the invitation of the Luwian Studies Foundation and the Institute for Comparative Linguistics at the University of Zurich on January 31, 2020. The topic coincides perfectly with the foundation’s goal of researching the Middle and Late Bronze…

Feb
26
2020

Meeting with linguist and translator Izzet Erten

During Eberhard Zangger’s lecture tour inTurkey in November 2019, a fortuitous meeting with Izzet Erten, the Turkish translator of Zangger’s (and various co-authors’) scientific work of of the past years, came about. Izzet Gokhan Erten works most of the time as a project manager in Myanmar. Thanks to his background and career as a linguist, he has the competence to precisely translate complex scientific publications…

Nov
19
2019

Change of Venue in Istanbul

There is a last-minute venue change for Eberhard Zangger’s lecture, entitled “On the Trail of Lost Civilizations: Sun, Moon, and Gods in Hittites”, originally scheduled to take place on Thursday, 21st November at 14:00 at Istanbul University. The lecture will no longer be held in the Istanbul University itself; it will now take place across the street in the conference hall of the Celal Ağa…

Nov
11
2019

Lectures in Koçaeli, Istanbul, Klosters, Zurich, Leiden, Los Angeles…

At the invitation of Prof. Şengül Aydingün, Eberhard Zangger will speak about astral aspects of the Hittite religion on Wednesday, 20 November 2019 at 15:00 in the Archaeological Institute of Koçaeli University. On 21 November 2019, this lecture will also take place at the Archaeological Institute of the University of Istanbul (at 14:00, Rektörlük Doktora Salonu) at the invitation of Prof. Mustafa H. Sayar and…

Sep
23
2019

Lectures in Turkey, the Netherlands and the USA

Luwian Studies goes on tour. On October 5, 2019, at ZAI Bodrum, Dr. Eberhard Zangger will lecture for one-hour on the Bronze Age cultures in western Asia Minor, which are still largely unexplored. His hosts are the industrialists Yunus and Derya Büyükkuşoğlu. In an ancient olive grove, they have built a cultural center with café, restaurant, library, gallery and auditorium, which…

Sep
10
2019

Western Asia Minor at the EAA Conference

The all-day EAA session on Western Asia Minor in the Bronze Age on September 7, 2019 in Bern confirmed Aristotle’s statement that “the whole is more than the sum of its parts”. When 15 speakers from different countries and disciplines present their research and reflections to an audience of luminaries such as Lord Colin Renfrew and David Anthony, a special impact unfolds: the potential of…

Aug
28
2019

The truth about James Mellaart

Did the English prehistorian James Mellaart (1925-2012) invent drawings of certain artefacts and allegedly Late Bronze Age documents? This question, open for more than half a century, can now be put to rest. An examination of his estate in February 2018 by Alan Mellaart, the son and heir of James Mellaart, and Eberhard Zangger revealed material that leaves no doubt: James Mellaart lived in a…