Al-Ahed Telegram
Sayyed Nasrallah on Behalf of Resistance Axis: Palestine our Core Priority, 3rd Intifada A Must Elderly Palestinian Woman Dies during «Israeli» Raid on Her WB Home Rouhani: We’re Ready for Cooperation with Muslim States to Defend Al-Quds Tillerson Says US Ready to Talk to NKorea Erdogan Calls On World to Recognize Al-Quds as Palestinian Capital Russia Pledges to Help Negotiate an End to Libya Crisis Moore Loses To Jones in Humiliating Senate Result for Donald Trump Muslim Leaders Convene, Discuss Al-Quds at OIC Emergency Summit in Istanbul Huge, Mysterious Object Flying Past Earth Might Be an Alien Spacecraft Rouhani: Trump’s Al-Quds Bid Creates New Tension in Middle East #Rouhani: After the defeat of #Daesh, we should not ignore the dangers of "#Israel" and its nuclear arsenal, which threatens the entire world #Rouhani: #US Not Honest Broker in Resolving #Palestinian-#Israeli Conflict #Rouhani: #Islamic Unity Is Only Way to Support Islamic Rights and #Quds #Rouhani: The #Muslim nation must solve its own problems #Rouhani: All Available Means Must Be Taken to Confront the #US #Quds Move #Iran: OIC Held on Basis of Islamic Countries' Right Vision towards US #Quds Move King of #Jordan from #Istanbul: #US Recognition of #AlQuds as the Capital of '#Israel' is a Dangerous Decision that Harms Securtiy and Stability #Abbas: We Are Firm in Ending Division, ‘No State In Gaza And No State Without Gaza' #Abbas: #AlQuds is a red line that we must protect and preserve #Abbas: We will break our agreement with Washington as long as America broke its agreements with us
Guestbook mailinglist.php arabic site french site spanish site facebook twitter rss page
News Categories » NEWS » Miscellaneous

Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size  Print Page
Scientists Find Out What Mysterious «Sea People» Ruined Bronze Age Civilizations
Local Editor

A team of Swiss and Dutch scientists said they have deciphered a 3,200-year-old inscription on a stone which was found in the 19th century in what would become modern-day Turkey, which sheds light on what they call "one of the greatest Mediterranean puzzles," namely, the identity of the mysterious "Sea People" who ruined Bronze Age civilizations.


The researchers say that the sudden, uncontrollable collapse of the dominant Bronze Age civilizations had long remained a mystery. They partly attributed it to powerful naval raids. But the identity and origin of the invaders which modern-day scholars call the 'Trojan Sea People' had puzzled them for centuries.

The scientists, who deciphered the inscription, say that it tells how a united fleet of kingdoms from western Asia Minor, also known as Anatolia and Asian Turkey, raided coastal cities on the eastern Mediterranean before and during the fall of the Bronze Age. They believe the script was commissioned in 1190 BC by Kupanta-Kurunta, the king of a late Bronze Age state known as Mira, and describes the rise of the powerful kingdom, which launched a military campaign led by a prince Muksus from Troy.

The 29-meter limestone slab, which is believed to be 3,200 years old, was found in 1878. It had the longest known hieroglyphic inscription from the Bronze Age in an ancient language called Luwian that just no more than 20 scholars can read today.

The stone was instantly used by villagers as building material for the foundation of a mosque. However French archaeologist George Perrot was apparently able to copy the inscription.

This copy was later found in the estate of English prehistorian James Mellaart after his death in 2012. His son then handed it over to Dr. Eberhard Zangger, a Swiss geo-archaeologist and the president of the Luwian Studies foundation, to study. The team of researchers also included Dr. Fred Woudhuizen, an independent Dutch scholar and linguist, who was finally able to translate the inscription.

Dr. Zangger said that the team therefore concluded that "Luwians from western Asia Minor contributed decisively to the so-called Sea Peoples' invasions - and thus to the end of the Bronze Age in the eastern Mediterranean."

"One of the greatest puzzles of Mediterranean archeology can thus be plausibly solved," the founders stated.

The team said they are going to publish their findings in December in the journal Proceedings of the Dutch Archaeological and Historical Society.

Some scholars, however, suggest that the inscriptions might be fake, because the slab itself was destroyed in the 19th century and the modern deciphering is based on the copy of the inscription.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

11-10-2017 | 12:18

Comment Title
Human Verification

News Coverage

Related News

To Top