A team of archaeologists from Istanbul has uncovered a royal Hittite archive in central Turkey near the village of Kayalıpınar. Excavations have been carried out at the site since 2004. This year, they discovered bullae (seal impressions) from the Hittite king, Hattusili III (ca. 1267 to 1237 BC), as well as bullae belonging to his wife and the crown prince. Hattusili is perhaps most famous for participating in the Battle of Kadesh against the Egyptian forces of Rameses II. The archaeologists also found pieces of cuneiform tablets, which turned out to be religious texts describing festivals and fortune-telling. Dr. Çigdem Maner, associate professor of Archaeology and Art History at in the Archaeology and History of Art department at Koç University has designated the find an imperial Hittite archive. In addition, two new Hittite structures were unearthed which may be temples, although further research is needed. There is much confusion over the Hittites from ancient Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) and the Hittites mentioned in the Bible. For clarification, see Dr. Bryant Wood’s groundbreaking research into this subject in the link below.
DR. BRYANT WOOD’S ARTICLE ON THE HITTITES:
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