A child-sized slate found in southern Turkey has been pointed to a lost civilization,media reported. “My colleague Michele Massa and I rushed there and we could see it was still coming out of the water, so we jumped straight into the canal — wading around the water around our waists,” said James Osborne, an assistant professor at the Oriental Institute. “
The photograph above was taken by Suay Erku?z, and the man in the photograph is Professor Osborne, as cited above. “According to a local farmer, he found the inscription in the waste pile of canal fillings while digging the filling used to make the mud bricks,” wrote Christoph Bachhuber, one of the study’s authors.
It is reported that the size of this stone is about 95cm x 45cm.
Professor Osborne said: “We recognized the text it wrote: Luwian, the language used in the Bronze and Iron Age in the area. “The language dates back to 1400 BC.
It is understood that the inscription was written by a Great King Hartapu and claimed to have defeated the Kingdom of Phrigia. The inscription is roughly translated as follows: “The Storm God hands over the (opposing) king to His Majesty.” “
Petra Goedegebuure and Theo van den Hout of the University of Chicago analyzed and translated the hieroglyphs on the stone. The two are experts on Luwain and are editors of the Chicago Hutty Dictionary. It is believed that in the near future people will learn the meaning of hieroglyphics.