We were sad to learn of the death of one of the great archaeologists of the 20th century. James Mellaart’s discoveries at Çatalhüyük in the s and early. Last year, Luwian Studies received documents from the estate of British prehistorian James Mellaart for further investigation. Mellaart had identified these texts. Eberhard Zangger alleges that the prominent British archaeologist James Mellaart forged artifacts. The accusations are difficult to evaluate.

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Mellaart focused on the archaeologically observable destruction events of Troy II ca.

Zangger said he feels betrayed by the fact that Mellaart asked emllaart to publish his forgeries for him after his death. Related Books Mylasa Labraunda. Mellaart was the author of several books, as well as chapters in Cambridge Ancient History and numerous scholarly articles in Anatolian Studies and other learned and specialist journals.

James Mellaart | British archaeologist |

Built from the profits of their trade in obsidian, the glassy volcanic rock used to make early implements, this was a flourishing settlement that has forced archaeologists to rethink jamss chronology of civilisation. Given the delay since he had seen the treasure, it would have been spirited out of the country, its market value endorsed by Mellaart’s expertise. He described to students more wall paintings which had not appeared in his preliminary reports, and which, when they were finally published incaused another sensation and more controversy.

The current trend is to see such migrations as mostly peaceful, rather than military conquests. Free Postage Worldwide Magazines are sent post-free worldwide by Standard Air which takes up to three weeks. The archaeologist Meellaart Mellaart is one of them.


After some months she wrote giving him permission to publish the drawings. He recognised the site of Beycesultan, in the upper Menderes Maeander catchment in southwest Anatolia, as being a major and long-lived ancient site, a city of the Late Bronze Age, and much earlier.

Related Places Forgotten Riches. On the other hand, he was jaames unfortunate: There was never any evidence that Mellaart was involved in any way. The only document that can be traced to her is a typed letter that after examination appears to have been done by Mellaart’s wife Arlette.

Did it ever exist, or was it a fabrication of Mellaart’s fertile imagination? Work began in But when attempts were made to trace the treasure, neither mellaadt, nor Anna Papastrati, nor even the house where she lived, could be found.

He gave the story kellaart The Illustrated London Newsand then Turkish authorities demanded to know why they had not been informed. Mellaart claimed that he could not read or write Luwian but that he was planning to describe his finding in a scientific publication.

In London, he was soon appreciated by the students as one of the most inspiring lecturers in the Institute; his courses were popular and well subscribed.

And Linear B was shown to be a way of writing an early form of Greek. But he resists the comparison.

In he began to lecture in Anatolian archaeology in Ankara. And the end of Troy II in whose ruins Schliemann had found the treasures marked a similar break in cultural continuity at the northeast corner of the Aegean.

Beautiful painted pots of the unique forms and decoration that Mellaart had found and documented at Hacilar began to appear on the international antiquities market, fetching thousands of pounds from major western museums.


Mellaart cited the distribution of a new type of wheel-made pottery, Red Slip Wares, as some of the best evidence for his theory. His father, however, was ultimately of Scottish descent, the family name a Dutch disguise of Maclarty, of the Clan Macdonald.

James Mellaart

In fact, there is a published photograph of that mural that appears to have been taken at the time of excavation. Some like their asparagus translucently white, others prefer crunchy and green. The archaeologist James Mellaart is one of them. The names are consistent and apparently make sense. He was also involved jellaart a string of controversies, including the so-called mother goddess controversy [1] in Anatoliawhich eventually led to his being banned from excavations in Turkey in the s.

And the publisher went on to reproduce a number of those chapters as slim, colour-illustrated paperbacks. In recognition of his archaeological achievements, he was elected a Mlelaart of the British Academy in Mellaart was born in in London.

Correspondence found in his apartment indicate that Mellaart tried to get others interested in publishing the forgeries before he died, Zangger said, adding that “he had no scruples when it came to harming other people’s jmes.

That discovery, in central Anatolia, made him famous, and envied. Mellaart created an elaborate mellaart for the texts, getting around his false claim that he couldn’t read Luwian by saying that the texts had been partially deciphered by other researchers who were all dead by The city as a whole covers roughly