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Keşlik Yayla

The round top stele was found in 1962 in a plateu north of Keşlik village near Yeşilhisar town of Kayseri. It shows the Storm-God holding grapes and a long stem of wheat in a pose similar to the one in İvriz. The stele is carved of andesite and approximately 1.5 meter in height. On the background of the god figure and probably on the sides there are illegible traces of a 9-line hieroglyphic Luwian inscription. It is likely that the stele was originally erected on a base carved into natural rock near the hill top (see last picture below). Based on similarities to Warpalawa monuments it is associated with the Tuwana Kingdom and dated to the second half of the 8th century BCE. The stele is currently in Niğde Museum.


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T. Bilgin, 2017 Berges & Nollé Stelin kaidesi - D'Alfonso & Mora



Literature:
Aro, S. "Art and Architecture," in H. C. Melchert (ed.), The Luwians, Leiden: Brill, 2003: 281-337 (319).
Berges, D., J. Nollé. Tyana - Archäologisch-historische Untersuchungen zum südwestlichen Kappadokien, Bonn: Hebelt, 2000: 103.
D’Alfonso, L., C. Mora, "Archaeological Survey in Northern Tyanitis," , ICAANE 6 v.2, 2010: 123-38 (128) and figs. 6-7.
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin: de Gruyter. 2000: 531 and plt. 305.
Sezer, V. "Keşlik Steli," Anadolu 18, 1974 [1977]: 133-34 and plts. I-II.

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2017.
Dietrich Berges, & Johannes Nollé, 2000.
Lorenzo D’Alfonso & Clelia Mora, 2010.