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Archaeologists from the University of Chicago discovered the existence of a lost kingdom in Turkey that may have conquered Phrygia, the territory ruled by the king midas. The find was made possible by a local farmer who reported the presence of"A large stone with strange inscriptions" in an irrigation canal.
'We hurried to get there and could see that [the stone] was still sticking out of the water, so we jumped right into the canal, with the water up to our waists,' said Professor James Osborne in arelease published this Thursday.
According to specialists, the rock presented clear signs of a text written in the Luwian language, a language used in the area during the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, so it is believed that the ancient city existed between theyear 1400 and 600 a.C..
¿What did the inscriptions on the stone say?
The inscription boasts of defeating Phrygia and contains a special hieroglyphic mark characteristic of the communications thatthey came from a monarch.
Experts point out that the text tells the story of the conquest by the king hartapu from the nearby muska kingdom, better known as Phrygia. "The storm gods handed over the [opposing] kings to their majesty," the stone reads.
The linguistic analysis carried out suggests that the text was registered at late 8th century BC C., period that coincides with the time that ruled king Midas, who according to Greek mythology couldturn to gold everything he touched.
Scientists do not know the name of the locality, but believe that it covered approximately 300 acres (121 hectares), making itone of the largest cities of the time.
"This stela was a wonderful and incredibly lucky find, but it is only the beginning," explained Osborne after specifying that there may be important buried archaeological remains in the area, such aspalaces, monuments and houses.