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Sivasa Inscription

This is a Late Hittite time hieroglyphic Luwian rock inscription. It is near Sivasa (also Suvasa) village which is now known as Gökçetoprak, near Gülşehir town. It is about 20 km to the city of Nevşehir. To the south of the village at the south end of a rocky plateau, the inscriptions are carved on the flattened surfaces of a single block of rock. The rock is about 4 meters in length, 5.60 meters in width and 3.10 meters in height. In a unique way the hieroglyps appear in very large size and do not follow lines. It consists of several names and titles of the servants of King Wasusarma whose name also appears on Topada, Sultanhanı, Göstesin and Kayseri. The top of the rock also has certain holes that suggests religious rituals, libations, thus it is possible that the rock is used as an altar. Dated to the second half of 8th century BCE.

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T. Bilgin - 2009 photo D. Morgan photo D. Morgan photo R. Neumüller T. Bilgin - 2009 T. Bilgin - 2009
T. Bilgin - 2009 Libation holes - T. Bilgin - 2009 from I. Gelb from I. Gelb from I. Gelb

Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2000: 462-63 and plts. 254-57.

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, Bora Bilgin, Ertuğrul Anıl, 2009.
David Morgan, 2008
Roman Neumüller (
Ignace Jay Gelb. Hittite Hieroglyphic Monuments. (OIP, 45.) Chicago, 1939.