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Gölpınar

Two basalt steles of the Late Hittite style have been found in different occasions near the Gölpınar village in the Akziyaret township of Şanlıurfa. One of the steles, although upper part is damaged, depict the Storm-god in a typical pose standing on a bull. Its preserved section measures 116 cm in height and 42 cm in width. Back side of the stele is round with a diameter of 30 cm and does not bear any carvings. Second stele shows a protective deity (Stag-god), standing on a stag. With a flat back it is more in the style of an orthostat and the surviving section measures 116 cm by 75 cm with a 20 cm thinkness. They are roughly dated to 10th century BCE.

Further fragments were found in Gölpınar in 1998 during a survey by Fikri Kulakoğlu. A piece from the head of a statue built into the wall of a house and a stele fragment with a lion relief and a badly weathered inscription in the cemetary of the village are likely to be dated to late Neo-Hittite period.

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F. Kulakoğlu, 1999 T. Bilgin, 2017 T. Bilgin, 2017
F. Kulakoğlu, 1999 T. Bilgin, 2017 T. Bilgin, 2017 B. Bilgin, 2017 B. Bilgin, 2017
F. Kulakoğlu, 2001 F. Kulakoğlu, 2001


Literature:
Kulakoğlu, F. "Late-Hittite Sculptures from the Şanlıurfa Region," BMECCJ XII, 1999: 167-181 (168-170, 178).
Kulakoğlu, F. "Şanlıurfa Bölgesinde Yeni Keşfedilen M.Ö. I. Binyıl Heykeltraşlık Eserleri," Türk Arkeoloji ve Etnoğrafya Dergisi 2, 2001: 27-34.

Image sources:
Fikri Kulakoğlu, 1999, 2001.
Tayfun Bilgin and Bora Bilgin, 2017.