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Gözecik

The late Hittite style basalt portal lion was found in the village of Gözecik in Divriği township of Sivas province. It was moved from a nearby hill to the village center by the villagers sometime after 1990 and the head section of the lion was apparently broken during this move. It is about 2 meters long and 1.5 meter high. Rough details of the lion suggest that it was not entirely finished. The round shape on the right side may indicate a secondary use. It has been roughly dated to between 10th to 8th centuries BCE. Gözecik is one of the northernmost sites of late Hittite artifacts. The lion is currently displayed in Sivas museum.


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T. Bilgin 2017 E. Anıl 2017 E. Anıl 2017 T. Bilgin 2017 A. Engin 2010



Literature:
Engin, Atilla. "Gözecik: Sivas’da Yeni Bir Geç Hitit Merkezi ve Kapı Aslanı," Cumhuriyet Üniv. Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi 34, 2010: 60-68.

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin and Ertuğrul Anıl, 2017.
Atilla Engin, 2010.