four-handled large jar with relief decoration from İnandıktepe
|Location||Çankiri Province, Turkey|
|Founded||2nd millennium BC|
İnandıktepe is an archaeological site located in Cankiri Province, Turkey, about 50 miles northeast of Ankara. In 1965 workers found there potsherds of the famous İnandık-vase. Thereafter excavations took place.
Overall five levels could be identified. Most of them dating to the Hittite Age. A complex of about 2000 sq. m. was unearthed extending over the entire ridge of the mound. It was preserved only in parts since it was destroyed in a great fire. The excavators supposed this building to be a temple. Nevertheless this is controversial - it has also been suggested to be an estate.
Most of the archaeological finds were ceramics. Among them there were small vessels, jugs, a figurine of a bull, a temple-model as well as a tub. In addition there was found a clay tablet with an Akkadian inscription. It documents a land-gift of the official Tutulla. It is sealed by the Tabarna seal which was in use till the reign of great-king Alluwamna. Comparable finds date to the reign of Telipinu. Hence it can be assumed that this tablet and the layer it was found in date to the late 16th century BC.
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