Archaeologists in Turkey Have Uncovered a Mysterious Ancient Kingdom Lost in History
(Science Alert) A local farmer told the group (of archaeologists in central Turkey) that a…canal, recently dredged, revealed the existence of a large strange stone, marked with some kind of unknown inscription.
"We could see it still sticking out of the water, so we jumped right down into the canal – up to our waists wading around," said archaeologist James Osborne from the University of Chicago earlier this year.
...With the aid of translators, the researchers found that the hieroglyphs on this ancient stone block – called a stele – boasted of a military victory. And not just any military victory, but the defeat of Phrygia, a kingdom of Anatolia that existed roughly 3,000 years ago.
The royal house of Phrygia was ruled by a few different men called Midas, but dating of the stele, based on linguistic analysis, suggests the block's hieroglyphics could be referring to the King Midas – he of the famous 'golden touch' myth.
The stone markings also contained a special hieroglyphic symbolising that the victory message came from another king, a man called Hartapu. The hieroglyphs suggest Midas was captured by Hartapu's forces.
The half-submerged stone with inscriptions dating to the 8th century BCE.