Friday, October 13, 2017
Ancient tablet transcribed
Well, there's a language I have never heard about before. Luwian. Evidently a local dialect from about the time of beautiful Helen of Troy, whose face sank a thousand ships.
Long ago, a French archaeologist couldn't decipher it, either, but he had the sense to copy what he saw on a huge tablet covered with this script, before the stone tablet was used in the construction of a mosque. And now a team of scholars has translated the message, which is a story of a mythic "Sea People."
From The Smithsonian
An interdisciplinary team of Swiss and Dutch archaeologists