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On The Problems Of Karatepe: The Reliefs And Their Context

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This chapter reveals that evidence on the Karatepe reliefs may be found within the reports published to argue decisively for a date after the ninth century, while not excluding ninth-century factors significant in the construction of the fortification. It presents arguments that are based upon a stylistic analysis of the two groups of reliefs which decorate the North and South Gates of the enclosure wall, and upon the archaeological evidence provided not only by Karatepe itself, but also by Domuztepe across the river. It was the destruction of Domuztepe which corresponded to the historical reference in the inscription of Kilamua to his hiring the king of Assyria against the oppressive Danuna. Four scholars have pointed the way to this general reconstruction of the relative sequences at Domuztepe and Karatepe: Halet Çambel, David Ussishkin, Machteld Mellink, and U. Bahadir Alkim.

Keywords: Assyria; Danuna; Domuztepe; inscription of Kilamua; Karatepe reliefs



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