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Kötükale Inscription

The six-line Neo-Hittite inscription used to be by the Tohma-Su river about 5 km east of the town of Balaban, near the village of Kötükale. Early in this century, its location was pretty hard to reach due to the river. Attempts by Cornell University expedition in 1911, and H.H.Osten in 1929 were not successful to get a copy of it. But fortunately in 1935 Ignace Gelb was able take good pictures of the 1.80 meter heigh inscription. By 1954 when H.T.Bossert went to the site, the entire inscription was completely covered by earth due to a recently consructed road. Ironically the inscription is a dedication for the building of a road by Runtiya, King of Malatya, same author as Gürün inscription and thus from the same period (12th-10th cent BCE). Runtiya describes himself as the grandson of Kuzi-Teshub (of Karkamis). Thus, it is argued that this king is possibly a brother of king Arnuwanti (I) who is the grandfather of another Arnuwanti (II), author of İspekçür and Darende steles.


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Location of the insctiption in 1935 - photo: I.J.Gelb J.D.Hawkins - photo: I.J.Gelb J.D.Hawkins - photo: I.J.Gelb J.D.Hawkins - photo: I.J.Gelb J.D.Hawkins



Image sources:
John David Hawkins, Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions. 2000.