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Beyköy

The Beyköy village is about 43 km north of the city of Afyon, close to the town of İhsaniye. Nearby the village, in the location known as Yumruktepe is especially known for its Phrygian and Roman time ruins. But the site also has one of the rare remnants of the Hittites in the western Anatolia region, although not very significant. In the past, couple of Hittite inscriptions have been reported by William Ramsay (1884) and Franz Steinherr (1965), but recent studies on the site unfortunately did not yield any trace of them. Today the only Hittite remain is a quite weathered, winged sun disk decoration about 80 cm in legth. Although such winged sun disks were common in Neo-Hittite times, rarity of Neo-Hittite finds around this geographic location and the evidence from previously reported fragments may suggest that it belongs to the Great Hittite period. The fragment that was reported by Ramsay (shown below) had two lines of inscriptions. Masson (1980: 119) translates the second line as "Army of .. was always victorius" (EXERCITUS ku-x tà-tara/i-ha-tà). Meriggi and Masson place date the inscription to Empire period.


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H.Ehringhaus Winged sun disk - H.Ehringhaus Winged sun disk - H.Ehringhaus drawing by W.M.Ramsay



Literature:
Ehringhaus, Horst. Götter, Herrscher, Inschriften. 2005, Zabern.
Masson, Emilia. "Les Inscriptions Louvites Hieroglyphiques de Köylütolu et Beyköy," Kadmos 19, 1980: 106-122.

Image sources:
Horst Ehringhaus, 2005.
Emilia Masson, 1980.