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Tünp

Basalt stele (Tünp 1) carved on the flattened surface of a boulder. It was brought to Gaziantep Museum in 1965 from the village of Tünp (now Yazýlý) which is located to the south of the city of Gaziantep. About 90 cm high stele has 4 lines of Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription which is damaged on the right edge. It records a land purchase between two private parties. Hawkins suggests a date of mid 8th century BCE based on similarities to Cekke and certain Karkamis inscriptions that are dated to the reign of king Kamanis of Karkamýþ.

Another fragment (Tünp 2) was found in 1965 in the village of Tünp in a house. This is the corner of an inscribed basalt block with three lines of inscriptions. The fragment is too small to provide any info about the content. Both items are currently in Gaziantep Museum.


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Tünp 1
B. Bilgin B. Bilgin B. Bilgin J.D.Hawkins; Photo: B.Segal
Tünp 2
J.D.Hawkins; Photo: M.Kalaç J.D.Hawkins



Literature:
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2000: 154-56 and plt. 45.

Image sources:
Bora Bilgin, 2009
J. David Hawkins, 2000.