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Gölpınar
(For Gölpınar Hittite Dam, see Alacahöyük)

Two basalt steles of the Late Hittite style have been found in different occasions near the Gölpınar village in the Akziyaret township of Şanlıurfa. One of the steles, although upper part is damaged, depicts the Storm-god in a typical pose standing on a bull. Its preserved section measures 116 cm in height and 42 cm in width. Back side of the stele is round with a diameter of 30 cm and does not bear any carvings. Second stele shows a protective deity (Stag-god), standing on a stag (see Altınyayla, Karasu, Hacıbebekli). With a flat back it is more in the style of an orthostat and the surviving section measures 116 cm high, 75 cm wide and 20 cm thick. They are roughly dated to the 10th century BCE.

Further fragments were found in Gölpınar in 1998 during a survey by Fikri Kulakoğlu. A piece from the head of a statue built into the wall of a house and a stele fragment with a lion relief and a badly weathered Aramaic(?) inscription in the cemetery of the village are likely to be dated to late Neo-Hittite period.

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F. Kulakoğlu, 1999 T. Bilgin, 2017 T. Bilgin, 2017
F. Kulakoğlu, 1999 T. Bilgin, 2017 T. Bilgin, 2017 B. Bilgin, 2017 B. Bilgin, 2017
F. Kulakoğlu, 2001 F. Kulakoğlu, 2001


Literature:
Kulakoğlu, F. "Late-Hittite Sculptures from the Şanlıurfa Region," BMECCJ XII, 1999: 167–81.
Kulakoğlu, F. "Şanlıurfa Bölgesinde Yeni Keşfedilen M.Ö. I. Binyıl Heykeltraşlık Eserleri," Türk Arkeoloji ve Etnoğrafya Dergisi 2, 2001: 27–34.
Kulakoğlu, F. "Şanlıurfa'da Son Yıllarda Keşfedilen Geç Hitit Heykeltraşlık Merkezleri ve Eserleri," 2002 Yılı Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi Konferansları, 2003: 65–87.

Image sources:
Fikri Kulakoğlu, 1999, 2001.
Tayfun Bilgin, 2017.
Bora Bilgin, 2017.