Dec
02
2015

Large audience at Selçuk University in Konya

On invitation of the Archaeological Society of Konya, Dr. Eberhard Zangger spoke today in front of 250 students and faculty members at Selçuk University in Konya. He highlighted the tremendous potential of future inquiries into the Aegean Bronze Age. If more sites are excavated in western Turkey, researchers are bound to illuminate the indigenous Anatolian cultures of the 2nd mill. BCE.

Nov
18
2015

45-minute video explains significance of the Luwians

The Luwian Studies website now features a 45-minute live video of a presentation given by Dr. Eberhard Zangger during a conference in January 2015. The video is available in English as well as in a version with Turkish subtitles. Dr. Zangger elaborates on the recent research initiative that led to the cataloguing of 340 archaeological sites from the 2nd millennium BCE which fall between the…

Sep
25
2015

Phaistos Disc may record Luwian script and language

Few objects in archaeology have been subject to as much controversy as the Phaistos Disc – a 15-cm-diameter disc made of fired clay in which over 240 spirally-arranged motifs were printed with individual stamps. The disc was found on July 3, 1908 during the excavation of the Minoan palace of Phaistos, near the south coast of Crete. It has become notorious, because it appears to…

Sep
18
2015

Non-Homeric accounts of the Trojan War

These days the memory of Troy is inseparably connected with the Iliad of the Greek poet Homer. However, numerous authors in antiquity and up until the Middle Ages provided information on the city and its demise. Under the newly established main navigation item “Sources” on its website, Luwian Studies takes a look at a number of these non-Homeric accounts. Those interested in the events…

Sep
06
2015

How Turkey might benefit from Luwian Studies

In a lecture in Ankershagen, Germany, Dr. Eberhard Zangger, geoarchaeologist and president of the board of Luwian Studies, today described how modern Turkey would benefit economically from enhanced studies into Bronze Age Anatolian societies. In an invited lecture to the Heinrich Schliemann Society, a group of researchers dedicated to the memory of the discoverer of Troy, Zangger said: “Currently, Turkey produces annual revenue of roughly…

May
17
2015

City of Troy still hidden in floodplain

The Turkish archaeological journal Olba today published an article which claims that the Bronze Age city of Troy has never been found. It lies 5 m deep buried in the Karamenderes floodpain, a few hundred meters west of the site of Hisarlik. Swiss geoarchaeologist Eberhard Zangger and Turkish archaeologist Serdal Mutlu jointly reconstructed the water management system that may have existed at Troy.

May
15
2015

Website Luwian Studies goes live – in Turkish

The international non-profit foundation Luwian Studies has turned on its extensive website – in Turkish – presenting a new perspective of the Aegean Bronze Age. Luwian Studies’ sole aim is to enhance the research into the 2nd mill. BCE in western Asia Minor. This is the time of the Trojan War. The question is: who were the people fighting alongside with Troy?

May
15
2015

Luwian civilization discovered

Researchers at the newly introduced foundation Luwian Studies have recorded 340 extensive settlement sites dating to the 2nd mill. BCE in western Asia Minor that cannot be attributed to the contemporary Mycenaean or Hittite cultures. They argue that these settlements belonged to the people of the thus far unrecognized Luwian civilization.