Arslantepe is the current name of the Hittite city site of Malidiya (Malizi, Melid, Assyrian Meliddu) from where the nearby modern city of Malatya got its name. Arslantepe (arslan=lion and tepe=hill) gets its name from the lion statues excavated at the location. It is located on the bank of Euphrates about 4 km to the north-east of modern day Malatya. It was an important Hittite settlement in all ages of Hittite period and even before, but it became a major site as a Neo-Hittite city state. It retained Hittite traditions long after the fall of the Empire. Compared to other Neo-Hittite cities, the monuments in Arslantepe display more similarities to the empire period traditions. The Lion Gate and the courtyard were decorated with numerous orthostats. Many of the findings are now in the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ankara.
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|Statue of Storm God|
Tayfun Bilgin, 2006.