Ancient inscription reveals lost civilization in Turkey that may have defeated King Midas
Last winter, a local farmer in southern Turkey stumbled upon a large stone half-submerged in an irrigation canal with mysterious inscriptions. The stone revealed the story of an ancient, lost civilization that may have defeated King Midas’ kingdom of Phrygia in the late eighth century B.C., according to new findings.
Some months after discovering the stone, the farmer tipped off local archaeologists to the stone’s existence, according to a statement.
“Right away it was clear it was ancient, and we recognized the script it was written in: Luwian, the language used in the Bronze and Iron ages in the area,” James Osborne, an archaeologist and assistant professor of Anatolian Archaeology at the University of Chicago, said in the statement. With a tractor, the farmer helped the archaeologists pull the heavy stone block, or stele, out from the canal. Read more.
Oldest kanji in Japan? Stone fragment may hold the key
A stone artifact dating to around 2,000 years ago that appears to have writing on it is causing a stir in the world of academia as the find could constitute the oldest example of written language in Japan.
The key to the mystery lies in whether there really are written characters, and if so, whether they were written in Japan.
Researchers insist the fragment found in the Tawayama archaeological site in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, bears faint kanji characters scribbled in India ink.
But skeptics said the presence of writing in India ink could not be confirmed through infrared imaging, and called for further research.
The artifact is 9 centimeters long and originates from the latter part of the Yayoi Pottery Culture Period (1000 B.C.-A.D. 250) Read more.