12 August 2009

2700-year old Turkish tablets? Now that’s unbelievable


ScienceDaily reports the discovery of “Ancient Turkish Tablets” in a 2,700 year old “Turkish Temple”. Another fine example of sloppy journalism and careless editing.

In reality, they are cuneiform tablets from a Neo-Hittite temple found in present day Turkey. Despite the silly and persistent claims of certain groups in Turkey, the Hittites were not a Turkic tribe. Not that ScienceDaily implied that.

ScienceDaily was the site that brought us the news about a portrait of Shakespeare under the "Fossils & Ruins" category (see this post).


kutkut16 said...

Now it is getting to be a more and more common practice to exchange "Asia Minor" with "Turkey" in ancient-history-related news items or even TV spots. Lastly in a second-season episode of the TV series "Rome" some Romans were trying to get allies in eastern Anatolia and the caption on the screen said "Eastern Turkey". I guess as in your newsclip, the Turkishness in this recent usage is a geographical point rather than historical.

Duane Smith said...

As best as I can tell, these tablets are Neo-Assyrian and not even Neo-Hittite. That's one of the things that make them so interesting. They appear to relate to an Assyrian conquest.

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