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Kültepe-Kaneš: A Second Millennium B.C.E. Trading Center on the Central Plateau

Fikri Kulakoğlu

in The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Anatolia

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195376142
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195376142.013.0047

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Kültepe-Kaneš: A Second Millennium B.C.E. Trading Center on the Central Plateau

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This article discusses findings from excavations at Kültepe–Kaneš, which is on the ancient trade route connecting central Anatolia to Malatya, a center that always had close links to Mesopotamian cultures. Central Anatolia was also accessible from the Mediterrannean through passes in the Taurus Mountains, such as Yahyalı–Develi, Zamantı–Gezbeli–Sirkeli, or Tufanbeyli–Ceyhan, which led to Kültepe;. The passes were narrow, but convenient in the proper seasons, and were also used during the Hittite Empire period.

Keywords: excavations; archaeological sites; trade routes; Anatolia; Malatya

Article.  7614 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology of the Near East

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