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Bogazkale Nishantash
22-SEP-2004

Bogazkale Nishantash

Nishantash (stone with writing) is the name for this writing in Luwian (extinct Indo-European language primarily of the southern part of ancient Anatolia. It was closely related to Hittite, Palaic, and Lydianand was a forerunner of the Lycian language), on an smoothed rock, 8,5 meters widee and 11 lines in all it probably describes, in only partly deciphered words, the deeds of the last Hittite king to reign over Hattusha, Subbiluliuma II. The writing is at the foot of a Nishantepe (hill with writing) that used to hold some buildings, now gone.

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