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Haçgöz

This limestone double-bull base was found in the village of Haçgöz (aka Hacıgöz/Acıgöz, now Yeşilçat) in the Siverek township of Şanlıurfa during excavation to build a house. Heads of both bulls are broken and particularly the left side of the base have suffered further damage probably during secondary use. It measures about 110 cm in lenght, 82 cm in width, and 72 cm in height. Still visible at the top is a section of a niche, which must have been used to situate a statue. There is a badly whethered a 5-line hieroglyphic Luwian inscription on its back. A date in the second quarter of the 9th century BCE has been suggested. The base is currently on display at Şanlıurfa museum.

An unfinished lion statue carved on a natural block has been found in the vicinity of the same village. It is about 3.10 meters in length, 2.26 meters in height and 0.54 meter in thickness. On account of several other half shaped and cut stones around it, the location is believed to have served as a sculpture quary.


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T. Bilgin, 2017 B. Bilgin, 2017 T. Bilgin, 2017 T. Bilgin, 2017 T. Bilgin, 2017 T. Bilgin, 2017
T. Bilgin, 2017 T. Bilgin, 2017 B. Bilgin, 2017 T. Bilgin, 2017 Unfinished lion statue - F. Kulakoğlu, 2001



Literature:
Çelik, B. "A New Stele Base of the Late Hittite Period from Siverek-Şanlıurfa," Anatolia 28, 2005: 17–24.
Kulakoğlu, F. "Şanlıurfa M.Ö. I. Binyıl Merkezleri Yüzey Araştırması," Araştırma Sonuçları Toplantısı 18, 2001: 57–66.
Kulakoğlu, F. "Şanlıurfa Bölgesinde Yeni Keşfedilen M.Ö. I. Binyıl Heykeltraşlık Eserleri," Türk Arkeoloji ve Etnoğrafya Dergisi 2, 2001: 27–34.
Kulakoğlu, F. "Şanlıurfa’da Son Yıllarda Keşfedilen Geç Hitit Heykeltraşlık Merkezleri ve Eserleri," 2002 Yılı Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi Konferansları, Ankara, 2003: 65–87.

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