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Sultanhanı Monument

The monument was found in two pieces in two different occasions. The base known as "Sultanhan I inscription" was found in 1928 near the town of Sultanhanı during the construction of the Kayseri-Sivas railway. The "Sultanhan II stele" was found much later in 1939 in a farmer's field. The stele is inscribed in Hieroglyphic Luwian on all sides as well as on its rounded top. The base is also inscribed on all four vertical sides and the top, but one of its sides is missing. Entire inscription forms one text. The author Sarwatiwara is apparently a vassal of King Wasusarma of Tabal (Wasusarma's name also appears on Topada, Sivasa, Göstesin and Kayseri). Sarwatiwara makes a dedication to god Tarhunza and praises Wasusarma. Sarwatiwara is asking the god for a better harvest from the vineyards and the orchards. A section at the end of the inscription is concerned with the damnation of the ones who will disrespect the gods, or damage the city or the land or the monument. Through Wasusarma, the monument is dated to the second half of the 8th cent BCE. Currently in the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ankara.

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Sultanhanı I and II - B. Bilgin, 2022 S-II front view - B. Bilgin, 2022 S-II right view - B. Bilgin, 2022 S-II back view - B. Bilgin, 2022 S-II left view - T. Bilgin, 2006 Sultanhanı II - J. D. Hawkins, 2000
S-I top view - B. Bilgin, 2022 S-I left view - B. Bilgin, 2022 S-I front view - B. Bilgin, 2022 S-I right view - B. Bilgin, 2022 Base, Sultanhanı I - J. D. Hawkins, 2000

Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin, 2000: 463–72 and plts. 258–61.
Payne, A. Iron Age Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Atlanta, 2012: 98–102.

Image sources:
Bora Bilgin, 2022.
Tayfun Bilgin, 2006.
J. David Hawkins, 2000.