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Karga

This approximately one meter high porphyry block was found in 1928 during a survey by Oriental Institute in the village of Karga where it was used as a cornerstone in a building. The flattened surface bears a partial hieroglyphic Luwian inscription which mentions the title MAGNUS.DOMUS.FI[LIUS(?)], which may mean "Chief of the Palace Attendants", followed by perhaps a city name Talahi(?) (Ta-la-hí URBS). The title is known to have been used by high level Hittite officials. It is dated to Hittite Empire period. The block has been transferred in 1928 to Alişar and in 1932 to Augustus temple in Ankara, and today probably it is in the possession of Anatolian Civilizations Museum.


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from I. Gelb



Literature:
Gelb, I. J. Hittite Hieroglyphic Monuments. OIP 45, Chicago. (33-34 and plate LV)

Image sources:
Ignace J. Gelb, 1939.