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Hisarcık Inscriptions

An inscription found in Hisarcık village about 10 km south of the city of Kayseri around the year 1900 was sent to Istanbul and today is in the Ancient Orient Museum. The 60 by 60 cm basalt block has a 3-line Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription on one face. Inscription mentions offering of gazelles to Mount Harhara. The name Kurti is mentioned at the end of the text is probably the same person as king Kurti mentioned in Bahçeköy text.

Also in Hisarcık, at the location known as Toptepesi, an inscription written on the naturally smooth surface of a rock was first reported by Waldemar Belck in 1901. The two-line Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription is probably about an offering to Mount Harhara (Mt. Erciyes) and it too mentions the name Kurti. Unfortunately sometime after the year 2000, the rock surface had been intentionally scraped and the inscription was completely destroyed.

Based on the attestations of Kurti both inscriptions are dated to the last quarter of the 8th century BCE.

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Hisarcık 1 - J. D. Hawkins, 2000 Hisarcık 1 - E. Anıl, 2011 Drawing of Hisarcık 1 - J. D. Hawkins in 2000     Hisarcık 2 - J. D. Hawkins, 2000 Drawing of Hisarcık 2 - J. D. Hawkins, 2000

Ehringhaus, H. Das Ende, das ein Anfang war: Felsreliefs und Felsinschriften der luwischen Staaten Kleinasiens vom 12. bis 8./7. Jahrh. v. Chr., Mainz, 2014: 75–81.
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin, 2000: 483-85, 496-97 and plts. 268-69, 277.
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 3, Berlin, 2024: 266, 270, 344.

Image sources:
J. David Hawkins, 2000.
Ertuğrul Anıl, 2011.