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The badly damaged single-line hieroglyphic Luwian inscription was first reported in 1950 by H. Th. Bossert. It was located on a rock named Beşiktaş by a spring near the village of Taçın (now Topsöğüt) in Bünyan, Kayseri. The inscription appears to have recorded the unreadable names of two kings, a son and his father. It is also uncertain whether the "king" signs originally had a "great" attribute on top. Per P. Meriggi (1975):
"...su, King, son of ...suti, King, Hero"
[...]-su [(?.)]REX [...]su-ti [(?.)]REX HEROS INFA[NS ..]
It was a relief style inscription, but Meriggi notes that the "son" (INFANS) sign was incised. Unfortunately by 1980s the rock was completely destroyed during road work. Although Bossert had suggested a date in the Empire period, what had remained of the signs that made the names does not match any of the Empire period kings.



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Beşiktaş - P. Meriggi, 1966 Taçın yazıtı - P. Meriggi, 1966 Taçın yazıtı - P. Meriggi, 1966



Literature:
Bossert, H. Th. "Reisebericht aus Anatolien," orientalia 19, 1950: 506–7.
Meriggi, P. "Quinto viaggio anatolico," OA 5, 1966: 67-106 ().
Meriggi, P. Manuale di eteo geroglifico, vol. 2. 1975: 314.

Image sources:
Piero Meriggi, 1966.