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Gemerek

This partially damaged rectangular stele was brought to Sivas Museum in 2004 from the Hacıyusuf village of Gemerek township in Sivas province. It is broken into three adjoining pieces, altogether about 1.5 meter in height, while a certain section of the top is entirely missing. The stele was probably inscribed on all four sides. The front face was apparently effaced and inscribed with a maltese cross in Byzantine period and all that remains from the original inscription is a couple of hieroglyphic signs at the bottom. Analysis suggest that the left, entirely-missing back, and right sides of the stele contained a single inscription, lines of which continued from one side to another. Readable sections of the text concern making sheep offerings. It is dated to the end of 8th century BCE in the Late Hittite era Tabal kingdom.


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Front
Gemerek front - T. Bilgin 2017 Gemerek front - T. Bilgin 2017
Left
Gemerek left - T. Bilgin 2017 Gemerek left - T. Bilgin 2017 Gemerek left - T. Bilgin 2017 Gemerek left - T. Bilgin 2017
Right
Gemerek right - T. Bilgin 2017 Gemerek right - T. Bilgin 2017 Gemerek right - T. Bilgin 2017 Gemerek right - T. Bilgin 2017



Literature:
Hawkins, J. David - Akdoğan, Rukiye. "A Stele from Gemerek," TÜBA-AR 14, 2011: 313-315.

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2017.