AO 4:06, Nov/Dec 2001
King Midas: From Myth to Reality
The man with the golden touch actually ruled an Iron Age kingdom in central Anatolia
Over the past half century, archaeologists have uncovered dozens of burial tumuli near the ancient site of Gordion, about 60 miles southwest of modern Ankara, Turkey. Built of earth over single-chambered wooden tombs, these mounds probably housed the remains of royal families who ruled from the Phrygian capital of Gordion during the first centuries of the first millennium B.C.E.