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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. Today the only Hittite period remain is a quite weathered, winged sun disk decoration about 80 cm in length. Although such winged sun disks were common both in the Empire and Neo-Hittite periods, rarity of Neo-Hittite finds around this geographic location may suggest that it belongs to the Empire period. William Ramsay (1889) had published the drawing of a partial hieroglyphic inscription in relief he had found in 1884 carved on a large trachyte block near Beyköy, but subsequent studies at the site did not yield any trace of it. Meriggi and Masson date the inscription to the Empire period.

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I. Simon, 2019 I. Simon, 2019 Winged sun disk - H. Ehringhaus, 2005 Winged sun disk - H. Ehringhaus, 2005 W. M. Ramsay, 1889

Ehringhaus, H. Götter, Herrscher, Inschriften, Mainz am Rheine, 2005.
Gonnet, H. "The cemetery and rock-cut tombs at Beyköy in Phrygia," in Anatolian Iron Ages 3, ed. by A. Çilingiroğlu and D. H. French, Ankara, 1994: 75-90.
Masson, E. "Les Inscriptions Louvites Hieroglyphiques de Köylütolu et Beyköy," Kadmos 19, 1980: 106–22.
Meriggi, P. Manuale di Eteo Geroglifico, Rome, 1975: 263–64.
Ramsay, W. M. "Syro-Cappadocian Monuments in Asia Minor," Mitteilungen des Kaiserlich Deutschen Archaeologischen Instituts 14, 1889: 170–91 (181–82).
Steinherr, F. "Die hieroglyphen-hethitische Inschrift des Reliefs A am Karabel," Istanbuler Mitteilungen 15, 1965: 17–23 (23).

Image sources:
Ingeborg Simon, (CC BY-SA 3.0), 2019.
Horst Ehringhaus, 2005.
William M. Ramsay, 1889.