Hittite seal stamp found in southern Turkey


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A Hittite stamp seal dating to the 13th century BC has been discovered during excavations at the Tatarlı Mound in Adana, a southern province of Turkey.

Hittite seal stamp found in southern Turkey

Tatarlı Mound excavation supervisor Çukurova Universtiy Archaeological Research and Application Center Manager Assistant Professor Serdar Girginer said, “The name Pati found on the seal is that of a woman and it is probably from the time of the renown Hittite queen Puduhepa.”

“Finds at the Tatarlı mound suggest we are dealing with a very important city. After the discovery of a stamp seal belonging to a person named Tusutawa from the time of Hittite King Telipinu in 2008, we have discovered a new stamp seal that was owned by another person. This person, however, lived during the time of Queen Puduhepa. This suggests that we may be dealing with Queen Puduhepa’s city Lawazantiya in Kizzuwatna, a region south of the Hittite kingdom”, Girginer said.

According to Professor Meltem Doğan Alparslan of the Faculty of Hittitology at Istanbul Universtiy: “The stamp seal implies that Pati was an influential person in the Hittite court. Taking the other finds into consideration, Pati might well have been a priestess, possibly the mysterious person mentioned in cuneiform scripts as MUNUSŠU.GI who has healing powers and conducts magical rituals.”

“I think we will find the answers to these questions in time as we carry on the excavation”, Alparslan concluded.

Source: DHA [September 10, 2016]



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