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Kuşçu-Boyacı Stone Workshop

The rocky outcrop is located to the east of the village of Kuşçu-Boyacı, which lie to the south of the Yamula reservoir on Kızılırmak, about 30 km north of the city of Kayseri. It extends about 4 km in the NW-SE direction. The location is believed to have served as a stone workshop during Neo-Hittite period. There is also a mound to the east of the rocky outcrop. Several figures in relief or incision have been located on the rock surfaces. An incised drawing of male figure with a long tunic and a sword on his belt was first reported in 1989. A three- or four-sign hieroglyphic writing right behind the head of the figure probably identified the person's name, but shortly before a visit by T. Özgüç the figure and the writing was apparently intentionally hammered and heavily destroyed. Of the writing, only the first character pa is recognizable.

Another short Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription appears to mention only a name accompanied by a designation (EGO-wa/i-mi (la?-)na-na-sa wa/i+ra/i-pa-mi-sa, "I am (La?)nana, the skillful(?)"). On account of the characteristic similarities to the inscription from nearby Erkilet, a date in the 8th century BCE has been suggested.

There also lies an unfinished portal lion in a nearby field that is about 1.35 meters in length and 0.86 meter in height.


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The relief of a male prior to damage in 1989 - T. Özgüç, 1993 The relief after damage - A. Özcan & T. Yiğit, 2014 A drawing of the relief by T. Özgüç, 1993 The second inscription - A. Özcan & T. Yiğit, 2014 A. Özcan & T. Yiğit, 2014

Literature:
Özcan, A. and T. Yiğit. "A New Late Hittite Stone Workshop and Artifacts at Kuşçu-Boyacı," AoF 41, 2014: 63–79.
Özgüç, T. "Studies on Hittite Relief Vases, Seals, Figurines and Rock-Carvings," in Fs Nimet Özgüç, Ankara, 1993: 473–99 (493–99 and plts. 87-89).

Image sources:
Tahsin Özgüç, 1993.
Ali Özcan and Turgut Yiğit, AoF 41, 2014.