Main Page


The basalt stele depicting a dining scene was found in 1888 lying on the surface near the Karaburçlu village about 5 km north of Zincirli by Felix von Luschan. The scene of a dining couple is similar to several others found in the region such as the ones from Örtülü and Maraş. It measures about 110 cm high, 90 cm wide and 45 cm thick. On the sides and top of the stele, there is a largely effaced Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription. It is uncertain whether the back side originally also had an inscription or not. A date in the early 9th century BCE is suggested. The stele is currently in Istanbul Archeological Museum.

Click on the pictures for larger images.

T. Bilgin, 2020 J. D. Hawkins, 2000

Bonatz, D. Syro-hethitische Grabdenkmal, Mainz, 2000. (C 32)
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin, 2000: 276 and plt. 127.
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Karaburçlu 1)

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2020.
J. David Hawkins, 2000.