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Çalapverdi Inscriptions

The two blocks with Hieroglyphic Luwian inscriptions were found near the village of Çalapverdi at Boğazlıyan, Yozgat. They were first reported in 1926 and moved to Ankara in 1934. A badly weathered third block has been left at the site. The contents of the poorly preserved inscriptions are unclear. They are thought to be the parts of a larger inscription consisting of several similar blocks. A date in the 9th to 8th century BCE has been suggested. Sizes of the two blocks are 71 x 96 cm and 66 x 84 cm, and both are currently in the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ankara.

Another stele has been found in May 2009 at the Kaletepe Höyük. Its three-line Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription is a dedication to the sun-deity by a Prince Anaziti, a name that was encountered in a seal from Hattusa (İ. Taş & M. Weeden, JAOS 130). The stele is date to the 13th century BCE and currently in the Yozgat Museum.


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ÇALAPVERDİ 1 ÇALAPVERDİ 2
ÇALAPVERDİ 1 - J. D. Hawkins, 2000 (photo: I. Gelb) ÇALAPVERDİ 1 - J. D. Hawkins, 2000 ÇALAPVERDİ 2 - J. D. Hawkins, 2000 (photo: I. Gelb) ÇALAPVERDİ 2 - J. D. Hawkins, 2000
ÇALAPVERDİ 3ÇALAPVERDİ 4
ÇALAPVERDİ 3 ÇALAPVERDİ 4 - T. Bilgin, 2021 ÇALAPVERDİ 4 - T. Bilgin, 2021 ÇALAPVERDİ 4



Literature:
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2000: 497–8 and plates 278–9.
Meriggi, P. "Quinto viaggio anatolico," Oriens Antiquus 5, 1966: 67-106 (Çalapverdi 3: 81 and Tab. XXVII fig. 39).
Taş, İ. and M. Weeden "A Stele of Prince Anaziti in Yozgat Museum," JAOS 130.3, 2010: 349–360.
Woudhuizen, F. "Note on the Second Column in Line 2 of the Luwian Hieroglyphic Inscription on the Stele Çalapverdi 3," NABU 2014-4: 138–39.

Image sources:
J. David Hawkins, 2000.
Piero Meriggi, 1966.
Tayfun Bilgin, 2021.