James Mellaart

16 Mar 2018

At www.livescience.com/61989-famed-archaeologist-created-fakes.html ... we are told that James Mellaart faked several of his finds at Catal Huyuk and may even have had a forgers workshop (of a kind). He created some of the ancient murals and went on to forge documents recording inscriptions found at Beybag, a nearby Turkish village. The story  came about as a result of Eberhard Zangger, himself a somewhat controversial figure, who had apparently been duped into accepting as genuine some documents passed to him by Mellaart (and written in the Luwian tongue). Zangger is the  chap that claims the Luwains created a huge empire at the end of the LB age - filling in the vacuum created by the Greek and Anatolian dark age. It seems he fell foul of Mellaart who passed off fake Luwian documents that Zangger used to create a possibly fake Luwian empire. Mellaart, now deceased, was rumbled when Zangger had the opportunity to search his house for more documents (in a legitimate and scholarly process). We are not told at the link exactly how the penny dropped - or at what stage he realised he had been taken for a ride. In fact, Zangger's whole project, which involved publishing some of Mellaart's fake documents, appears to be compromised - but this is not said in so many words.

This is important to revisionists as well as mainstream chronologists as Zangger has been rather persistent in recent years and  one document in particular has been used by all side of all the arguments around the Dark Age and what might have been going on. One of them concerns Muksus (assumed to be Mopsus of the Greeks) who is presented as a Trojan prince. Catal Huyuk itself is currently been re-excavated by Ian Hodder who hopes to find some information pertaining to Gobekli Tepe which he has also been involved in. The other point worth considering is that Mellaart has been considered suspect for a number of years and was banned from excavating in Turkey 50 years ago.

Over at www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2018/03/utrechts-history-goes-back-11000-... ... we learn that Bronze and Iron Age remains have been found over the years but during construction work recently the history of Utrecht now goes back to the Younger Dryas period, 11,000 years ago. This came as a result of discovering Mesolithic stone tools and what appear to be dwellings. One can truly say the city has its origins in prehistory.