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Ain Dara Neo-Hittite Temple

Ain Dara is located in northern Syria, about 65 km. northwest of Aleppo. In 1955 the discovery of a monumental basalt lion led to the excavation of Ain Dara. The temple is 30 by 20 meters in size and consists of three rooms; a small porch, a middle room and an inner room or main hall. The building was constructed and extended during the period between 1300 and 1000 BCE.


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The Temple
D. Osseman, 2010 D. Osseman, 2010 D. Osseman, 2010 D. Osseman, 2010 D. Osseman, 2010 D. Osseman, 2010 D. Osseman, 2010 D. Osseman, 2010 D. Osseman, 2010 D. Osseman, 2010
Lion Footprint Relief fragment Inscription
D. Osseman, 2010 D. Osseman, 2010 Right footprint carved into the threshold - I. Sebastian, 1997 I. Sebastian, 1997 J. D. Hawkins, 2000 - Photo: Paul Zimansky



Literature:
Abou Assaf, A. Der Tempel von 'Ain Dara, Mainz am Rhein, 1990.
Abou Assaf A., "Zwei neue Stelenfragmente aus 'Ain Dara," FsHrouda, 1994: 1-6.
de Crombrugghe de Looringhe-Sneyers d'Attenhoven, E. "Un huitième relief de 'Ain Dara au Musée d'Alep," FsNaster2 1984: 13-20.
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2000: 385-86 and plt. 206.
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971.
Orthmann, W. "Zur Datierung des Ištar-Reliefs aus Tell 'Ain Dara," FsNeve 1993: 245-51.
Zimansky, P. "The ‘Hittites’ at ‘Ain Dara," GsGüterbock, 2002: 177-91.

Image sources:
Dick Osseman, D. Osseman Syria Galleries, 2010.
Ignacio Sebastian, 1997.
J. David Hawkins, 2000.