Palace from Hittite era discovered in Sivas Hurriyet Daily News A grand piece of Hittite legacy has been uncovered in Sivas' Yıldızeli district, with a palace being the latest discovery at the “Kayalıpınar Excavation Site”.
Stag statuette, symbol of a Hittite male god; bronze (with silver inlay) religious standard; 52.5 cm high; found in the royal tombs in Alacahöyük; 2100-2000 BC; Product of Hattian art; Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara, Turkey (Stag statuette,...
Shannon Bench's insight:
Yes, this was one of their gods. Along with their goddess of war, that Mursili II presumably married, Ishtar was by far much cooler.
Archaeological excavations have been ongoing for eight years in the village of Oymaağaç of Vezirköprü district in the northern province of Samsun, aiming to unearth the holy Hittite city of Nerik. The head of the excavations, German archaeologist Associate Professor Rainer Czichon said that works in Oymaağaç had started in 2005 and this year’s excavations had now ended.
Czichon said that they had carried out surface survey during the first two years, and then started excavations. “Our goal is to prove that Oymaağaç is the holy city of the Hittite, which is Nerik. “We already know that this region is a Hittite settlement. We have found cuneiform tablets that will prove that this place is Nerik. There are scriptures about Nerik in four cuneiform tablets that we found this year. There is a part named ‘Tahanga’ in two of the tablets. Tahanga is a section in Nerik’s ‘god of air’ temple. This is a strong proof that Oymaağaç is Nerik. We are sure for 95 percent,” Czichon said.
Turkey’s well-known ancient site of Alacahöyük, which currently draws around 50,000 visitors a year, in the Central Anatolian province of Çorum, is set to be given new facilities reflecting traces of the Hittite civilization.
The head of the Alacahöyük excavations, Professor Aykut Çınaroğlu, said the reconstruction plan for the protection of Alacahöyük had been prepared by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, was in its final stage and was set to be implemented in a year.
The discovery of a Hittite dam constructed more than three millennia ago at the ancient site of Alacahöyük in northern Anatolia suggests that little has changed in the past 3,000 years in terms of building barrages
A dam unearthed during excavation work in the northern Anatolian province of Çorum reveals that the dam construction techniques of the ancient past are similar to the techniques used today, according to archaeologists.
Pollen Study Points to Culprit in Bronze Era Mystery New York Times To the north lay the mighty Hittite empire; to the south, Egypt was thriving under the reign of the great Pharaoh Ramses II. Cyprus was a copper emporium.
Shannon Bench's insight:
That's... Woah. Talk about scientific achievments!
Archaeological excavations have been ongoing for eight years in the village of Oymaağaç of Vezirköprü district in the northern province of Samsun, aiming to unearth the holy Hittite city of Nerik. The head of the excavations, ...
Shannon Bench's insight:
Oh! I remember this! One of Mursili's borthers was placed in charge of this place after almost assassinating his wife becase he couldn't prove it was him.
The Hittites Empire dates back to the 18th century BCE, when the kingdom at Hattusa was first established. At its height in 1285 BCE, the empire comprised a large part of Anatolia, northwestern Syria, and upper Mesopotamia.
Historians and archaeologists have invoked catastrophic volcanic eruption, a tsunami, invasion, a socioeconomic crisis, new technology and mysterious forces to explain the collapse of late Bronze Age civilisation in Europe.
But a team of scientists have another explanation: climate change more than 3,000 years ago altered the course of history and bequeathed to modern Europe an enduring set of myths, and museums full of amazing archaeological finds, but very few facts.
The civilisation of the Eastern Mediterranean in the 13th century BC was real enough. This is the dramatic landscape celebrated by the great poet Homer, and in the earliest Jewish scriptures that now make up the first books of the Bible, and in the ruins of the region.
Powerful kings and autocrats ruled at Mycenae and Tiryns in the Peloponnese of Greece, the Hittites built an empire in Anatolia, in what is now Turkey, great cities flourished in Canaan, in what is now Israel, and there was a fabulous civilisation based at Knossos in Crete.
Ramses II ruled Egypt for 66 years, and engaged in protracted wars with the Sea Peoples, who exist in ancient records but who remain mysterious.
And then, everywhere and in the same few decades, all these empires collapsed and some were all but erased.
Researchers reported recently in Nature that after analysis of a series of studies of conflict and violence, they had identified temperature and drought as a factor in all of them.
Hurriyet Daily News Holy Hittite city being unearthed in northern Turkey Hurriyet Daily News Samsun's Oymaağaç village in the Veziköprü district is the holy Hittite city of Nerik, according to archaeologists who have been working in the area for...
Shannon Bench's insight:
It's the holy city!!!! Nerik! Wow! I wonder what they'll find! Hopefully they find the water temple I heard so much about.
For 4,000 years the highly seductive yet destructive Lilith has wandered the earth, figuring in the mythic imaginations of writers, artists and poets...
Her dark origins lie in Babylonian demonology, where amulets and incantations were used to counter the sinister powers of this winged spirit who preyed on pregnant women and infants. Lilith next migrated to the world of the ancient Hittites, Egyptians, Israelites and Greeks...
The ancient name “Lilith” derives from a Sumerian word for female demons or wind spirits—the lilītu and the related ardat lilǐ.
The lilītu dwells in desert lands and open country spaces...
Her breasts are filled with poison, not milk...
The ardat lilī is a sexually frustrated and infertile female who behaves aggressively toward young men.
Lilith makes a solitary appearance in the Bible, as a wilderness vampiric demonness shunned by the prophet Isaiah...
In the Renaissance, Michelangelo portrayed Lilith as a half-woman, half-serpent, coiled
around the Tree of Knowledge.
In most manifestations of her myth, Lilith represents chaos, seduction and ungodliness. Yet, in her every guise, Lilith has cast a spell on humankind...
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