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The City of Hartapu: Results of the Türkmen-Karahöyük Intensive Survey Project

An Anatolian Studies Virtual Seminar with James F. Osborne

August 25, 2020
17:00-18:30 (London UTC+1) | 19:00-20:30 (Ankara UTC+3
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British Institute at Ankara, Tahran Caddesi 24, Kavaklıdere, 06700 Ankara (10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH)

Working in collaboration with the Konya Regional Archaeological Survey Project (KRASP), in 2019 the Türkmen-Karahöyük Intensive Survey Project began a high-resolution survey of Türkmen-Karahöyük, the largest Bronze-Iron Age mound in the Konya Plain. Although the survey is still ongoing, prompt publication of preliminary results was necessary following two exciting discoveries: first, that the site may have been as large as 125 ha or more during the Late Bronze and Iron Ages, and second, an eighth century Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription authored by “Great King Hartapu,” long known from the enigmatic monuments of Kızıldağ and Karadağ. Together these findings suggest that Türkmen-Karahöyük was Hartapu’s capital city and that his kingdom was one of the most significant geopolitical actors in Anatolia at the time.

James Osborne received his PhD from Harvard University in 2011. Since 2015 he has been Assistant Professor of Anatolian archaeology at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute. Michele Massa is an Honorary Research Fellow at the BIAA. Fatma Şahin is Assistant Professor at Çukurova University. Hüseyin Erpehlivan is Assistant Professor at Bilecik University. Christoph Bachhuber is a Stipendiary Lecturer at St. John’s College, Oxford University.

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