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Tünp

The basalt stele (Tünp 1) is carved on the flattened surface of a boulder. It was brought to the Gaziantep Museum in 1965 from the village of Tünp (now Yazılı) which is located to the south of the city of Gaziantep. About 90 cm high stele has a 4-line Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription which is damaged on the right edge. It records a land purchase between two private parties. Hawkins suggests a date in the mid-8th century BCE based on similarities to Cekke and certain Karkamış inscriptions that are dated to the reign of king Kamanis of Karkamış.

Another fragment (Tünp 2) was found in 1965 in the village of Tünp in a house. This is the corner of an inscribed basalt block with three lines of inscriptions. The fragment is too small to provide any info about the content. Both items are currently in the Gaziantep Museum.


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Tünp stele - B. Bilgin, 2009 Tünp stele - B. Bilgin, 2009 Tünp stele - F. Anıl, 2018<br> Tünp 1 inscription - F. Anıl, 2018 Tünp 1 inscription - J. D. Hawkins, 2000 (photo: B. Segal)     Tünp 2 inscription - J. D. Hawkins, 2000 (photo: M. Kalaç) Tünp 2 inscription - J. D. Hawkins, 2000


Literature:
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin, 2000: 154–56, 565–66 and plts. 45, 323.
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 3, Berlin, 2024: 206–7, 291, 312.
Peker, H. Anadolu Hiyeroglif Yazılı Belgeler 1: Geç Hitit Karkamış Krallığı Yazıtları, Bologna, 2022: 81–82.


Image sources:
Bora Bilgin, 2009.
Figen Anıl, 2018.
J. David Hawkins, 2000.