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Ortaköy (Šapinuva)

Šapinuva is about 3 km south west of the Ortaköy town which is 53 km south east of the city of Çorum. During the empire period, it was one of the most important Hittite cities. The site is being excavated since 1990 under a team headed by Aygül and Mustafa Süel of Ankara University. Among other artifacts it has yielded an archive of about 4000 tablets dating to early 14th century BCE. The ruins of the city is spread out over 9 sq.km and includes many building foundations. Among the finds are some fragments of monumental hieroglyphic inscriptions and orthostats. An orthostat with a broken top section was found at the entrance of the D-building. It shows a male figure with a bow on his shoulder, a quiver handing from his belt and a spear probably held by his broken right hand. The figure probably represents the Storm God. Some of the artifacts from continuing excavations are exhibited in Çorum Museum.


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A. Süel, 2015 Orthostat - Hitit Üniversitesi Inscribed basalt block - A. Süel, 2009 Orthostat fragment - A. Süel, 2009



Literature:
Süel, A. "Another Capital City of the Hittite State: Šapinuwa," StAs 5, 2009: 193–205 and plates XIX–XXIII.
Süel, A. "The Religious Significance and Sacredness of the Hittite Capital City Sapinuwa," StAs 9, 2015: 101–11.

Image sources:
Aygül Süel, 2009, 2015.
Şapinuva Excavation Project - Hitit Üniversitesi