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Kuşçu-Boyacı Stone Workshop

The rocky outcrop extends about 4 km between the villages of Kuşçu and Boyacı, which lie to the south of the Yamula reservoir on Kızılırmak, about 30 km north of the city of Kayseri. It is belived to have served as a stone workshop during Neo-Hittite period. There is also a mound to the east of the rocky outcrop. Several figures in relief or incision have been located on the rock surfaces. A short hieroglyphic Luwian inscription appears to mention only a name accompanied by a designation (EGO-wa/i-mi (la?-)na-na-sa wa/i+ra/i-pa-mi-sa, "I am (La?)nana, the skillful(?)"). On account of the characteristic similarities to the inscription from nearby Erkilet, a date in the 8th century BCE has been suggested. There also lies an unfinished portal lion in the nearby field.


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A. Özcan & T. Yiğit, 2014 A. Özcan & T. Yiğit, 2014 A. Özcan & T. Yiğit, 2014

Literature:
Özcan, A. and T. Yiğit. "A New Late Hittite Stone Workshop and Artifacts at Kuşçu-Boyacı," AoF 41, 2014: 63–79.
Özgüç, T. "Studies on Hittite Relief Vases, Seals, Figurines and Rock-Carvings," in Fs Nimet Özgüç, Ankara, 1993: 473–99 (493–99 and plts. 87-89).

Image sources:
Ali Özcan and Turgut Yiğit, AoF 41, 2014.