Lost ancient kingdom uncovered in Turkey

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A mysterious stone with strange inscriptions has led to the discovery of a lost ancient kingdom in Turkey – which may have battled Phrygia, a kingdom once ruled by King Midas.

The as-yet-unnamed ancient kingdom was found after a farmer discovered a huge stone containing a message from an ancient king in an irrigation ditch.

Researchers from the University of Chicago were investigating Türkmen-Karahöyük, a large Bronze and Iron Age mounded settlement occupied between about 3,500 and 100 BC.

A local farmer told the researchers he had found a big stone with strange inscriptions while dredging a nearby irrigation canal the previous winter.

The kingdom is as yet unnamed, but it could reshape the history of the area.

“We had no idea about this kingdom. In a flash, we had profound new information on the Iron Age Middle East,” he added.

The researchers now hope to investigate the area further, and are planning to complete a survey this summer.

Prof Osborne said: “Inside this mound are going to be palaces, monuments, houses. This was a marvelous, incredibly lucky find but it’s just the beginning.”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/mysterious-ancient-kingdom-193441382.html
 
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We shall name it:

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Thanks for sharing this cool find @Evo.
 
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Fascinating discovery. According to the article, the inscription was identified as being in Luwian, a language that is part of the Anatolian branch of the Indo-European language family, and long been attested as being spoken and as part of a number of different kingdoms in what is now Turkey and northern Syria, including the Kingdom of Kizzuwatna.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kizzuwatna

The fact that a new inscription describes a previously undocumented city-state or kingdom based upon the Luwian language is exciting news for archaeologists and historians of the ancient Near East.
 
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this language is related to armenian language ? or arabic language ?
 
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More here on the Luwian language of the Anatolian branch of Indo European languages:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luwian_language

so I don't think they are related to either Armenian or Arabic but they all do come under the much larger Indo European umbrella.
 

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