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Newly discovered Hittite tablet sheds light on past

A large tablet unearthed during excavations at a major Hittite site in Turkey could shed more light on the ancient civilization, according to researchers.

Newly discovered Hittite tablet sheds light on past
Alacahöyük [Credit: Orhan Durgat/PanOramio]
The tablet with cuneiform script is a new discovery in Alacahöyük, an ancient Hittite city in the northern province of Çorum, and is very important, said Aykut Çınaroğlu, who is overseeing digs at the site.

“The archaeological world always knew that there was … important information that Alacahöyük belonged to the Hittite era, and finally we found a part of this information with this tablet,” he said.

Noting that the writings would help researchers make new discoveries, Çınaroğlu said the newly found tablet could be laws laid down by a past Hittite king.

The tablet was unearthed in a large area, he said, adding that they had only searched eight rooms of the large area.

Excavations have been ongoing in Alacahöyük for 106 years, but only 13 percent of the ancient city has been excavated so far, said Çınaroğlu. “There are many more areas to be excavated. This is Alacahöyük – we should wait for new surprises every year.”

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [October 21, 2013]

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