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…

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…