Book Series Subartu, vol. 46

Cultural Exchange and Current Research in Kültepe and its Surroundings

Kültepe, 1–4 August 2019

Fikri Kulakoğlu, Guido Kryszat, Cécile Michel (eds)

  • Pages: xvi + 336 p.
  • Size:216 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:117 b/w, 24 col., 17 tables b/w., 1 tables col., 1 maps b/w, 1 maps color
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2021

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59152-0
  • Paperback
  • Available

This fourth volume of the Kültepe International Meetings (KIM) gathers archaeological, historical and philological studies dedicated to Kültepe, ancient Kaneš (central Anatolia) and its surroundings.


Fikri Kulakoğlu, Professor of Archaeology at Ankara University, is the director of the Kültepe excavations since 2006 and an expert of Central Anatolian archaeology of the Bronze Age.

Guido Kryszat, Assyriologist (Mainz, Germany), specialist on the Old Assyrian period with a focus on early Assyrian history and religious history, since 2017 member of the international team in charge of the publication of Kültepe tablets.

Cécile Michel, Assyriologist, Director of Research at the National Center for Scientific Research (France) and Professor at Hamburg University (Germany) belongs, since the 90’s, to the international team in charge of the publication of Kültepe tablets; she is a member of the Kültepe archaeological mission.


This fourth volume in a collection based on the biennial interdisciplinary meetings held in Kültepe, ancient Kaneš, draws together sixteen contributions that explore the archaeology and history of this site, with the ongoing aim of taking a holistic approach to revitalizing this important early Anatolian cultural centre. The papers gathered here present both current research and recent important results derived from research in Kültepe and its wider surroundings through four key thematic strands: cultural exchanges between this site and its environs; material culture; sealings, writings, and history; comparisons with other sites across Central Anatolia. Through this approach, this volume is able to explore not only the historical importance of Kültepe, but also to highlight the settlement’s future importance as a pilot site for interdisciplinary studies, thanks to its unique textual and archaeological data.



I – Cultural Exchanges

Cultural Exchanges in Cappadocia during the Chalcolithic Period: Recent Results of the Archaeological Survey in the South-western Cappadocia (2017–2019 Seasons) — ABDULLAH HACAR
When Different Worlds Meet: Exchange Networks in Anatolia and Northern Levant during the 3rd Millennium BC — LUCA PEYRONEL & AGNESE VACCA
Canaanean Blades from Kültepe, Central Anatolia — SUDO HIROSHI
Assyrian-Anatolian Relations Observed Through Ethnic Designation — JASCHA DE RIDDER

II – Kültepe Material Culture

‘I will fix a pin on your breast’. Interdisciplinary Study on Pins during the Old Assyrian Period — CÉCILE MICHEL & FIKRI KULAKOĞLU
Petrographic and Mineralogical Analysis of Stone Objects Excavated at Kültepe — EVREN YAZGAN, FIRKI KULAKOĞLU, NIHAL ÇEVIK & CIHAN AY
Lead Ingots and Rings in Central Anatolia in the Assyrian Trade Colony Period — YILMAZ RIDVANOĞULLARI & FIKRI KULAKOĞLU
Preliminary Assessments of the Black-Glazed Attic Pottery Found in Kültepe — BURCU TÜYSÜZ 

III – Sealings, Writing and History

An Overview of Sealing Practices at Kültepe — NÉHÉMIE STRUPLER
How Did they Learn Writing? A Palaeographic Case Study — WIEBKE BEYER
Scribal Education in Assur and Kanesh: The Practical Vocabularies — JAN GERRIT DERCKSEN
Gods, Names and the Question of Western Elements in Early Assyrian Religion — GUIDO KRYSZAT
A City Shrouded in Myth: Kaneš in Hittite Texts — AMIR GILAN

IV – Anatolia

The Early Bronze Age at of Kınık Höyük-Niğde: A Preliminary Analysis — NANCY HIGHCOCK & ALVISE MATESSI
New Evidence on Cultural Relationship between Inner Northwest Anatolia and Northern Syria-Mesopotamia during the Early and Middle Bronze Ages: Exceptional finds from Seyitömer Höyük — NEJAT BILGEN, ZEYNEP BILGEN, M. HAMDI OKATAN & BAYRAM UYGUN
The Connection of Cappadocia with the Mediterranean Coast through the Cilicia Plain in First Millennium BC — MUSTAFA H. SAYAR