Book Series Subartu, vol. 35

Proceedings of the 1st Kültepe International Meeting. Kültepe, September 19-23, 2013. Studies Dedicated to Kutlu Emre

(Kültepe International Meetings 1)

Fikri Kulakoğlu, Cécile Michel (eds)

  • Pages: 249 p.
  • Size:210 x 295 mm
  • Illustrations:79 b/w, 22 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2015

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-55545-4
  • Paperback
  • Available

This first volume of the Kültepe International Meetings gathers interdisciplinary studies dedicated to Kültepe, ancient Kaneš (central Anatolia), and its environment, mainly during the Bronze Age.


Fikri Kulakoğlu, Professor of archaeology at Ankara University, is the director of Kültepe excavations since 2006.

Cécile Michel, Director of Research at the National Center for Scientific Research (France), belongs, since the 90s, to the international team in charge of the publication of Kültepe tablets.


This book is the first of a new series dedicated to the site of Kültepe, ancient Kaneš, in central Anatolia. It is the report of a conference which took place at Kültepe on September 2013. Contributions written by the best specialists of the field focus on Kültepe and its environment, mainly during the Bronze Age, and on its Assyrian settlement located in the lower town. The volume brings about a reflection on archaeological and textual materials, and provides an interdisciplinary summary of the state of research. It is divided into six sections dedicated to the following topics:  archaeology, chronology and population of Kültepe; archives unearthed in the houses belonging to Assyrians; Old Assyrian writing and literacy; Anatolian settlements and daily life; metals and minerals; Kültepe after the Middle Bronze Age.


[00] Introduction
Fikri Kulakoğlu and Cécile Michel

Part 1: Kültepe Archaeology, Chronology and Population

[01] Tahsin Özgüç: The Nestor of Anatolian Archaeology
†Kutlu Emre
[02] Current Research at Kültepe
Fikri Kulakoğlu
[03] The Relative Chronology of the Old Assyrian Period and its Consequences
Mogens Larsen
[04] Paternal Estates in Old Assyrian Society
Thomas Hertel

Part 2: Kültepe Archives Belonging to Assyrians

[05] The Archive of Ali-ahum (I). The documents excavated in N-O-P/20 in 1950
Jan Gerrit Dercksen
[06] The Archive of Šu-Ištar son of Aššur-bāni (Kt 92/k 264-1008)
Hakan Erol
[07] The Archive of Elamma son of Iddin-Suen and his Family
Klaas R. Veenhof
[08] Women in the Family of Alāhum son of Iddin-Suen (1993 Kültepe archives)
Cécile Michel
[09] A letter of Ennam-Aššur son of Šalim-ahum Discovered in 2001 at Kültepe
Murat Çayır
[10] The Remaining Unpublished Kültepe Tablets from the Hrozný Excavations in 1925 Housed in Istanbul
Veysel Donbaz 

Part 3: Writing                                                                                    

[11] Old Assyrian Writing – Origins and Changes and the Secret of KEL A
Guido Kryszat
[12] Old Assyrian Literacy: Formulating a Method for Graphic Analysis and Some Initial Results
Edward Stratford

Part 4: Anatolian Settlements and Daily Life

[13] Simulating Pas Human Landscapes: Models of Settlement Hierarchy in Central Anatolia during the Old Assyrian Colony Period
Alessio Palmisano and Mark Altaweel
[14] Village Life in Ancient Anatolia: the case of Talwahšušara
Xiaowen Shi
[15] Idols. Representations of Religious Practice at Kültepe in the Light of New Research Güzel Öztürk

Part 5: Metals and Minerals

[16] Ancient Stone Materials Used For Ore Enrichment In Anatolia
Ergun Kaptan
[17] Cassiterite (Tin) Mineralization Related with Erciyes Volcanic Activities and the Mode of Formation of the Magnetite-Cassiterite-Yazganite-Tridymite Paragenesis and its Implication for Bronze Alloys
Evren Yazgan
[18] Continuity of Tin Bronze Consumption during the Late Thrid Millennium BC at Kültepe
Joseph W. Lehner, Evren Yazgan, Ernst Pernicka and Fikri Kulakoğlu
[19] The Archaeometallurgical Study on Metal Artifacts of Kültepe in the Assyrian Trade Colony Period
Levent Ercanlı

Part 6: Kültepe after the Middle Bronze Age

[20] Kültepe after Kaneš
Gojko Barjamovic
[21] Recent Practices for the Conservation of Adobe Ruins of Kültepe
Mehmet and Drahşan Uğuryol