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Two basalt steles were found in secondary context in an Islamic period cemetery at the top of Kazdağı hill by Islahiye. Steles are both about 0.5 m in width, and one is about 0.7 m and the other 1.4 m in height. First stele shows a seated figure while second one depicts the Storm God with a horned conic cap in a typical pose with one raised hand holding a weapon. Both of the steles are roughly dated to the 9th century BCE and they are on display in the Adana Museum.

Another stele was confiscated in 1971 in Islahiye by the local authorities and transferred to the Gaziantep Archaeology Museum. Its original find spot is uncertain. Basalt stele is about 95 cm high, 62 cm wide and 39 cm thick. Similar to those in Maraş it is probably a funerary stele, depicting two male figures seated across a table. It has been dated to around 800-700 BCE.


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Frontal view of stele from the Adana Museum showing seated male figure - photo by T. Bilgin, 2017 Frontal view of stele from the Adana Museum showing Storm God - photo by T. Bilgin, 2017 Frontal view of the funerary stele from Gaziantep Museum showing two male figurs seated across a table - photo by T. Bilgin, 2019



Literature:
Balcıoğlu, B. "Gaziantep Arkeoloji Müzesindeki Bazı Geç Hitit Stelleri Hakkında," Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi 1997 Yıllığı, 1998: 94–102 (II a).
Bonatz, D. Syro-hethitische Grabdenkmal, Mainz: Zabern, 2000. (C 30)
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971: 77; 234, 241-2, 486; Taf. 14.

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2017, 2019.