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    Archaeologists discover lost city that may have conquered the kingdom of Midas



    https://phys.org/news/2020-02-archae...d-kingdom.html

    This could be great future arch. site, revealing new views on West Anatolian bronze age and iron age, particularly Luwian culture. Maybe also some indirect insights into the Hittite world, if they will find deeper layers, as surface finds are now indicating 800BC.

    Archaeologists from the Oriental Institute have discovered a lost ancient kingdom dating to 1400 B.C. to 600 B.C., which may have defeated Phrygia, the kingdom ruled by King Midas, in battle.

    Osborne said it appears the city at its height covered about 300 acres, which would make it one of the largest ancient cities of Bronze and Iron Age Turkey. They don't yet know what the kingdom was called, but Osborne said its discovery is revolutionary news in the field.

    The hieroglyphs were written in Luwian, one of the oldest branches of the Indo-European languages.

    Their translation revealed that the stele king was called Hartapu, and Türkmen-Karahöyük was probably his capital city. The stone tells the tale of King Hartapu's conquest of the nearby kingdom of Muska, better known as Phrygia—home to King Midas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mha View Post
    https://phys.org/news/2020-02-archae...d-kingdom.html

    This could be great future arch. site, revealing new views on West Anatolian bronze age and iron age, particularly Luwian culture. Maybe also some indirect insights into the Hittite world, if they will find deeper layers, as surface finds are now indicating 800BC.
    Very interesting; thanks.


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    I presume that deliverables and info will be available on the project web site, so this is a good point to check results and progress:

    http://www.krasp.net/en/results/turkmen-karahoyuk/

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