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Pancarlı

Pancarlı Höyük lies just about 1 km southeast of Zincirli. Several monumental stone fragments had already been reported in 1930 by von der Osten one of which is an orthostat showing a Storm God holding a wild animal by the tail with his left hand and an axe on his raised right hand. The basalt piece is about 1.08 meters high and 1.03 meters wide and curently on display in Adana Museum. Other fragments mentioned by von der Osten include a relief fragment showing the lower part of a male figure with a short tunic, belt, and tassles, and another with the face of a lion in high relief, but today the whereabouts of these items are not clear.

In 2006 an inscribed drum-shaped stone block was found by Mehmet Kaya among the rocks that were piled to mark field boundaries near the mound of Pancarlı. The block seems to be a part of the lower section of a colossal statue possibly of an early ruler of Sam'al (see Zincirli). It bears parts of 3 lines of a hieroglyphic Luwian inscription which seems to be about dedication of and offerings to the statue. A date in the 10th to 9th century BCE has been suggested, which makes it one of the latest dating Luwian inscriptions from the Islahiye valley.


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T. Bilgin, 2017
V.R. Herrmann, 2016 - photo: A. Beyazlar, 2006 V.R. Herrmann, 2016 V.R. Herrmann, 2016



Literature:
Hermann, V. R., Th. van den Hout, A. Beyazlar "A New Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscription from Pancarlı Höyük: Language and Power in Early Iron Age Sam'al-Y'DY" JNES 75, 2016: 53-70.
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Pancarlı 1)

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2017.
Virginia R. Herrmann, 2016