Altıntepe

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Altıntepe
Altintepe-templeS.jpg
Temple in Altıntepe
Altıntepe is located in Turkey
Altıntepe
Shown within Turkey
Location Turkey
Region Erzincan Province
Coordinates 39°41′47″N 39°38′48″E / 39.69639°N 39.64667°E / 39.69639; 39.64667Coordinates: 39°41′47″N 39°38′48″E / 39.69639°N 39.64667°E / 39.69639; 39.64667
Type Settlement
Site notes
Condition In ruins

Altıntepe (Turkish for "golden hill") is an Urartian fortress dating from the 9th-7th century BCE. It is located on a height overlooking the Euphrates River in Üzümlü district of Erzincan Province, Turkey.

Altıntepe is located at the 12th kilometre on the highway from Erzincan to Erzurum . The remains are situated on a 60 m-high volcanic hill. During excavations undertaken between 1959-1968 and led by Professor Dr. Tahsin Özgüç, a castle of the Urartian period was found. In this area, a temple or palace, the great hall, warehouse, city wall, rooms, 3 subterranean rooms sides on south of the hill[dubious ] and an open-air temple were found and excavated. After a long break, excavations were restarted in 2003 by the decision of the Council of Ministers, under the leadership of Professor Dr. Mehmet Karaosmanoğlu.

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