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Kocaošuz Stele

The stele was found about 50 km to the west of the city of Afyon at a location known as Kocaošuz mound. It was re-used in a Roman time structure, thus the original location is unknown. The granit block is about 2 meters tall, 0.5 meter wide, 0.25 meter thick, and weighs about 800 kg. Below a winged sun disk, there is five-line inscription, which was published by Žahin and Tekošlu. The first sentence tells about the conquest of a city or country by a prince but the name of the prince (Tarpa..?) and city/country (..mali) are not clear. The second sentence indicates that the prince has erected this stele for the Storm-god. Assuming that the stele originates from a nearby location, lack of Neo-Hittite period monuments in this region may suggest that this stele too dates to Empire period, although contrary opinions exist due to stylistic and contextual reasons. The sun-disk is unusual in shape in comparison to other Empire period representations and the person and place names are not known from Empire period written sources. It may be a product of the transition period during 12th to 11th centuries. The stele is currently in Afyon Museum.

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photo: B. Bilgin photo: B. Bilgin photo: B. Bilgin H. Ehringhaus

Oreshko, R. "Hieroglyphic Inscriptions of Western Anatolia," in Luwian Identities (CHANE 64), 2013: 345-420 (386-400)
Žahin, S. ve R. Tekošlu. "A Hieroglyphic Stele from Afyon Archaeological Museum," Athenaeum 91.2, 2003: 540-45.

Image sources:
Bora Bilgin, 2007
Horst Ehringhaus. Götter, Herrscher, Inschriften. 2005, Zabern.