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Çağdın Relief

The stele was found near the Çağdın village (now Akçaköy) which is about 12 km northwest of Karkamış. It has a relief of Storm-God wearing a horned hat and short tunic. The relief is carved on a bazalt block and it is about 1.5 meter in height and 0.63 meter in width. The four-sign hieroglyphic Luwian inscription to the right of the figure is read (DEUS)TONITRUS TONITRUS(URBS), “Storm-God of the city of Tarhuntassa(?).” It is dated roughly to 14th to 13th century BCE. Currently in Adana Museum.


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K. Bittel, 1976 T. Bilgin, 2017



Literature:
Bossert, H. Th. "Zu den Tafeln V-XVI," JKF 2 1951-53: 106-12 ve levha V-XVI.
Hawkins, J. D. "What does the Hittite Storm-God Hold?" Natural Phenomena, 1992: 53-82 (67 ve levha IV).

Image sources:
Kurt Bittel, Die Hethiter, München 1976.
Tayfun Bilgin, 2017.