Lost Ancient Kingdom Discovered by Farmer in Central Turkey

The half-submerged stone with inscriptions dating back to the 8th century BC, found by a farmer in Turkey. Photo Credit: James Osborne, University of Chicago

An ancient kingdom which has been lost to history was discovered in Turkey by archaeologists, following a series of events which began last year and culminated in the last several months.

It all happened near the city of Konya (Iconium) in central-southern Turkey, when, approximately one year ago, a local farmer spied a large, extremely odd-looking stone with an inscription which appeared to him to be something from another world.

The Konya (Iconium) area in modern-day Turkey

After the farmer informed local officials about his extraordinary find, archaeologists were summoned so that they could see the stone for themselves and discover what they could about its provenance.

Archaeologist James Osborne, from the University of Chicago, was one of the fortunate indivuduals who were the first experts to lay eyes on the ancient tablet. He related to reporters that they could see it ”still sticking out of the water, so we jumped right down into the canal – up to our waists, wading around.”

The archaeologists realized that the inscription was written in Luwian, the language used in the Bronze and Iron Ages in the broader area of central and southern Asia Minor.

Following a year of archaeological research, the scientists have now managed to translate the text, which contains the amazing inscription “The storm gods delivered the [opposing] kings to his majesty.”

Luwian inscriptions on the stone discovered by a Turkish farmer near Konya (Icomium). Photo credit: Oriental Institute.

Archaeologists believe that this text refers to a victorious military campaign conducted against the Kingdom of Phrygia, which existed approximately 3,000 years ago in Asia Minor.

This ancient kingdom is known today for its ruler, King Midas, who passed into mythology known as the monarch with a ”Golden Touch,” in which every object he touched turned into the most precious metal.

Archaeologists are pledging to continue their search efforts in the broader area around the location where the tablet was found, since it appears that this humble farmland was very likely keeping many intriguing ancient secrets for millennia.