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Kocaoğuz Stele

The stele was found about 50 km to the west of the city of Afyon at a location known as Kocaoğuz mound. It was re-used in a Roman time structure, thus the original location is unknown. The granite block is about 2 meters tall, 0.5 meter wide, 0.25 meter thick, and weighs about 800 kg. Below a winged sun disk, there is five-line inscription, which was published by S. Şahin and R. Tekoğlu. The first sentence tells about the conquest of a city or country by a prince but the name of the prince (Tarpa..?) and city/country (..mali) are not clear. The second sentence indicates that the prince has erected this stele for the Storm-god. Assuming that the stele originates from a nearby location, lack of Neo-Hittite period monuments in this region may suggest that this stele too dates to Empire period, although contrary opinions exist due to stylistic and contextual reasons. The sun-disk is unusual in shape in comparison to other Empire period representations and the person and place names are not known from Empire period written sources. It may be a product of the transition period during the 12th to 11th century BCE. The stele is currently in Afyon Museum.


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B. Bilgin, 2007 B. Bilgin, 2007 B. Bilgin, 2007 H. Ehringhaus, 2005



Literature:
Oreshko, R. "Hieroglyphic Inscriptions of Western Anatolia," in Luwian Identities (CHANE 64), 2013: 345-420 (386-400)
Şahin, S. ve R. Tekoğlu. "A Hieroglyphic Stele from Afyon Archaeological Museum," Athenaeum 91.2, 2003: 540-45.

Image sources:
Bora Bilgin, 2007
Horst Ehringhaus. Götter, Herrscher, Inschriften. Mainz, 2005.