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Erkilet Inscriptions

Two unshaped basalt blocks with inscriptions were both found in Erkilet, about 20 km. north of Kayseri in about 1932. They are 89x76 cm and 81x63 cm in size and the texts are complete. Both of them are currently in Kayseri Museum. D. Hawkins (2000)translates Erkilet 1: "Huhasarma the god Marutika's PUTITI-. This stone I myself carved, and let no one overturn this!" and Erkilet 2: "Astiwasu erected this ALA-, and let no one overturn this!". Inscriptions are estimated to be from the 8th century BCE.


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Erkilet 1

Erkilet 1 - E. Anıl, 2016 Erkilet 1 - E. Anıl, 2011 Erkilet 1 - E. Anıl, 2016 Erkilet 1 - I. Gelb, 1939 Erkilet 1 - J. D. Hawkins, 2000

Erkilet 2
Erkilet 2 - T. Bilgin, 2006 Erkilet 2 - T. Bilgin, 2006 Erkilet 2 - E. Anıl, 2011 Erkilet 2 - I. Gelb, 1939 Erkilet 2 - J. D. Hawkins, 2000


Literature:
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin, 2000: 493–95 and plt. 275.
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 3, Berlin, 2024: 269.


Image sources:
Ertuğrul Anıl, 2011, 2016.
Tayfun Bilgin, 2006.
Ignace J. Gelb, Hittite Hieroglyphic Monuments, (OIP 45) Chicago, 1939.
J. David Hawkins, 2000.