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Karahöyük (Elbistan) Stele

About 2.7 meters high stele has a relief style Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription on its front face ( 9 lines) and on the right and left sides (1 line each). It was excavated in situ at Karahöyük near Elbistan in 1947. Due to its archaic style, a date around the 12th century BCE has been suggested. The inscription is a dedication to a local Storm God by Armanani, who is an official of a Great King named Ir-Teššub(?). It is currently in the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ankara.

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B. Bilgin, 2008 T. Bilgin, 2006 T. Bilgin, 2006 T. Bilgin, 2006 B. Bilgin, 2008 J. D. Hawkins, 2000


Literature:
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2000: 288-95 and plt. 133-34.
Hawkins, J. D. "The Historical Significance of the Karahöyük (Elbistan) Stele," in: Fs N. Özgüç 1993: 273-279.
Masson, E. "La stèle de Karahöyük-Elbistan: nouvel examen," in: Fs Laroche 1979: 225-241.
Nowicki, H. "Bemerkungen zur hier.-luw. Inschrift von Karahöyük-Elbistan,” Zeitschrift fur vergleichende Sprachforschung 95/2, 1981: 251-73.
Woudhuizen, F. C. “The Luwian Hieroglyphic Inscription on the Stele from Karahöyük-Elbistan.” Ancient West & East 2/2, 2003: 211-24.
van Quickelberghe, E. "Réflexions Autour de la Stèle de Karahöyük (Elbistan),” Le Muséon: Revue d’Études Orientales 126/3-4, 2013: 253-63.

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2006.
Bora Bilgin, 2008.
J. David Hawkins, 2000.