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Şırzı Inscription

Rock inscription is located near the Şırzı village (now Boğazgören), about 8 km north of Hekimhan town of Malatya. It was first reported in 1936. The rock outcrop has a 4 line luwian hieroglyph inscription and a 5th line on a horizontal surface above. Apparently the carver did not smooth the rock surface and therefore letters skip over holes and cracks of it, they do not follow regular lines. Inscription belongs to a King of Malatya (Malizi) celebrating a local construction, possibly a mine. Inscription includes favours towards god Runtiyas and protective curses. The king name is given as "Sati(?)-runtiyas, son of Sahwis". Sahwis may be identified as Sahu from Urartu sources who is the father of a Malatean King Hilaruada, possibly a brother of the author. Thus the inscription may be estimated to 8th cent BCE.


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E.Anıl 2011 E.Süer 2011 C.Süer 2011 C.Süer 2011
source: E.Rossner - B.Leichtl J.D.Hawkins 5th line on top - J.D.Hawkins



Literature:
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2000: 322-24 and plts. 157-59.

Image sources:
Bora Bilgin, Ertuğrul Anıl, Cüneyt Süer, Ercüment Süer, 2011
Eberhard Rossner, Die hethitischen Felsreliefs in der Türkei. 1988..
J. David Hawkins, 2000.