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Carchemish Ša Kišad Puratti

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This chapter investigates the following issues: first, the role of Carchemish as a centre of art production and of craftsmen, relevant not only to its own works, but to those from other sites; second, the role of Carchemish as an economic and trading centre, especially with regard to the acquisition of metals; and third, the role of Carchemish in relation to the western expansion of the Neo-Assyrian empire and determination of Assyrian military strategies from the 9th through the late 8th centuries B.C. Carchemish was not only a centre of Neo-Hittite/Luwian culture and cultural production, but also a centre of economic activity-including the manufacture of luxury goods and the acquisition, processing and distribution of major metal resources. Lists of tribute received from Carchemish by Assurnasirpal II include finished works of ivory; but even more important, both Assurnasirpal and Shalmaneser III actually received tusks as tribute from Sangara, king of Carchemish.

Keywords: Assurnasirpal; Carchemish; Luwian culture; Neo-Assyrian empire; Neo-Hittite culture; Sangara; Shalmaneser III



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