An Ask MetaFilter question that I’m hoping some LH reader can help with:
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. […] 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?
There are various guesses in the comment thread—an archaic Semitic language, Khutsuri, and Nomyte’s suggestion, Armenian (cf. this image); so far, I’d say that’s the most plausible, but everybody’s just guessing, and I’m hoping somebody who actually recognizes it will weigh in. (Just ignore the stones with Hebrew lettering in the first image; there’s no reason to think they’re relevant.)