What ancient Anatolian alphabet is this?
March 15, 2013 1:42 AM Subscribe
I found some stone tablets written in a strange alphabet amongst a bunch of graves from different eras at the city museum of Tire, Turkey
. The guy working the desk at the museum didn't know what they were. Pictures in extended.
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The museum had gravestones from many different eras of the city's history -- Roman, Selçuk, the Beylik period, Byzantine and Ottoman graves, and also some Armenian writing and some Jewish gravestones (seen in the first picture). As far as I can tell, it's none of these. It seems that all the stones there were collected from around the area. 2 of the stones had this strange alphabet; here are some pictures:
The second stone
Does anyone have any idea what they might be? I looked up some alphabets of the region on Wikipedia, but couldn't find any matches. Triple bonus points if you're a scholar and can translate!