Two days ago, Biblical Archaeology Review
published a wonderful and detailed piece written by the well renowned Hittite historian, Trevor Bryce
. The article highlights the final years, in fact, the final decades of the once proud capital of the Hittite Empire whose nation rivaled that of the Egyptians, Mycenaeans and Assyrians. In its last years however, the nation and their control of the Anatolian region began to wane. To steal the words of Bryce:
The site being uncovered by archaeologists was probably little more than a ghost town during its final days.
Bryce continues to discuss the empire’s long and tumultuous history prior to its eventual destruction and abandonment. Anyway, this is definitely worth the read.