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Tekirderbent Inscriptions

Two rectangular blocks with inscriptions originally on three sides of each were first reported in 1907 by the Cornell Expedition to be built into the wall of a guardhouse on Develi-Kayseri road, at the skirts of Mt.Erciyes. Heavily damaged inscriptions cannot be read. On Tekirderbent 1 "divine Mount Harhari" (Hittite name of Mount Erciyes) is mentioned twice (see Hisarcık). Blocks are currently in Kayseri Museum. They are estimated to be from 8th cent BCE.

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Tekirderbent 1 - J. D. Hawkins - photo: I. J. Gelb Tekirderbent 1 - J. D. Hawkins Tekirderbent 1 - T. Bilgin Tekirderbent 2 - J. D. Hawkins

Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2000: 498-99 and plts. 280-81.

Image sources:
J. David Hawkins, 2000.
Tayfun Bilgin, 2006.