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Taşçı

It is located about 60km southeast of Kayseri, near the location known as Taşçı in the Zamanti valley of Yenice river. On the limestone rock walls of the valley there are two heavily worn out reliefs less than 100 meters apart. The first one, Taşçı A, is on a flattened rock surface of about 3 meters long. It was first recognized by Hans Rott in 1906 and shows three persons aligned to the right. Over the figures and on the left are the hieroglyphic Luwian writings. The details in lower section of the relief are almost impossible to make out. The left most of the three figures is a female and the two in front of her are males. The first name(?) on the sinistroverse (right to left) inscription is only partially readable (...-li-zi) and the suggested reading for the rest is: "Manazi, daughter of Lupaki the Army-Scribe, son of(?) Zida the MESEDI guard, servant of the Great King Hattusili, the Hero" (based on Hawkins). The name above the right most of the three is not complete. The Great King Hattusili named in the inscription is Hattusili III, and therefore dates the relief to mid-13th century. There is a cave like opening right above the relief in which is a small pitt and possibly a libation hole that may have served for ritual purposes.

The second relief, Taşçı B, was first spotted by S. Alp, E. Akurgal and W. McCallien in a joined mission, and it is in substantially better condition, but the inscription that is shown above and below the stretched arm of the male figure is not readable.


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Taşçı A
Taşçı A - H.Ehringhaus Taşçı A - H.Ehringhaus Taşçı A - K.Bittel Taşçı A - E.Rossner Right side - H.Ehringhaus Left side - H.Ehringhaus I.Sebastian - 2010 Pitt in cave - H.Ehringhaus drawing by I.J.Gelb drawing by K.Kohlmeyer
Taşçı B
Taşçı B on right wall - I.Sebastian Taşçı B - H.Ehringhaus Taşçı B - H.Ehringhaus drawing by K.Kohlmeyer



Literature:
Hawkins, J. D. 2005. "Excursus 7. Interpretation of the rock inscription TASÇI," in S. Herbordt, BoHa XIX, p.292-3.
Kohlmeyer, K. 1983. "Felsbilder der hethitischen Großreichszeit", Acta Praehistorica et Archaeologica 15, p.74-80.

Image sources:
Horst Ehringhaus. Götter, Herrscher, Inschriften. 2005, Zabern. ISBN 3805334699.
Kurt Bittel, Die Hethiter, Beck, München 1976, ISBN 3406030246.
Eberhard Rossner, Die hethitischen Felsreliefs in der Türkei. 1988, ISBN 3924390029.
Kay Kohlmeyer, "Felsbilder der hethitischen Großreichszeit", Acta Praehistorica et Archaeologica 15, 1983. ISBN 3896467123
Ignace Gelb. 1939. Hittite Hieroglyphic Monuments. (OIP, 45.) Chicago.
Ignacio Sebastian, 2010