Animal sacrificial offerings at Sapinuwa, a religious center of the Hittite empire, Late Bronze Age, Turkey

2022-06-15
“Animal sacrificial offerings at Sapinuwa, a religious center of the Hittite empire, Late Bronze Age, Turkey”. In the Late Bronze age, the Hittites established the first state – empire in Anatolia. It was a feudalistic and theocratic state in which religion and rituals had outmost importance for consolidating the power of the kings. A study of animal bones recovered from Sapinuwa excavations was initiated with the aim to reconstruct the rituals for which the site is famous. Hittite rituals are studied to date through the textual evidence where a large amount of information is given. The remains of actual animal sacrifices are rarely uncovered in archaeological excavations and studied. In Şapinuva, we have a large area, called Ağılönü, devoted exclusively to religious activities. There many sacrificial pits were excavated and almost all of them contained animal bones from these sacrifices. An appraisal of these findings is presented.
International meeting of the International Council for Archaeozoology “Future of Past Animals: Perspectives in Zooarchaeology”

Suggestions

Pets of 12th-14th AD Komana, Turkey
Pişkin, Evangelia (2018-09-02)
This work investigates dog and cat remains from the 12th – 14th AD layers recovered from the excavation of Komana, Tokat, Turkey. It includes 2 almost complete dog skeletons and one kitten plus other bones of dog and cat found scattered in the layers. The two dogs were found buried hastily. One of them shows heavy pathologies such as arthritis and infections. The kitten was found in a cesspit together with large amounts of domestic refuse. The rest of the remains are found in tertiary contexts. We prese...
Current challenges of managing urban heritage in Turkey
Akkar Ercan, Zübeyde Müge; Gedikli, Bahar (2012-07-15)
Turkey acquires a remarkable wealth of historic and cultural heritage. Yet, changing economic, political, legal and social conditions often turn this legacy into a liability. Since the mid-1980s, along with the neo-liberal policies, the widening of market mechanism and a competitive real-estate market were followed by the rapid privatization of public lands and other assets, the expansion of local governments’ jurisdictions, and the growing presence of global capital especially in big cities. Together with ...
Current challenges of managing urban heritage in Turkey
Akkar Ercan, Zübeyde Müge; Gedikli, Bahar; Bilgin Altınöz, Ayşe Güliz; Bilsel, Fatma Cânâ (null; 2012-10-11)
Turkey acquires a remarkable wealth of historic and cultural heritage. Yet, changing economic, political, legal and social conditions often turn this legacy into a liability. Since the mid-1980s, along with the neo-liberal policies, the widening of market mechanism and a competitive real-estate market were followed by the rapid privatization of public lands and other assets, the expansion of local governments’ jurisdictions, and the growing presence of global capital especially in big cities. Together with ...
CALCAREOUS NANNOFOSSILS FROM THE LATE JURASSIC EARLY CRETACEOUS OF NORTHWEST ANATOLIA, TURKEY
Altıner, Sevinç (Wiley, 1993-12-01)
Within the framework of an integrated stratigraphy, a detailed biostratigraphic study of Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous (Tithonian-Valanginian) calcareous nannofossils was carried out in north-west Anatolia, Turkey.
Population Viability Analysis (PVA) of the Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus Hermann, 1779) inhabiting in the Northeastern Mediterranean
Ok, Meltem; Gücü, Ali Cemal (2006-08-22)
Northeastern Mediterranean coasts of Turkey host critically endangered Mediterranean monk seal. In this study, the vital parameters of the monk seal colony which have been obtained since 1994 were evaluated by using population viability analysis to evaluate the risk of extinction of the species in the eastern Mediterranean, and their expected chances for recovery. This study also aims to compare the effect of Marine Protected Area established in 1999 on the conservation of the species. Annual survival rate ...
Citation Formats
E. Pişkin, “Animal sacrificial offerings at Sapinuwa, a religious center of the Hittite empire, Late Bronze Age, Turkey,” presented at the International meeting of the International Council for Archaeozoology “Future of Past Animals: Perspectives in Zooarchaeology”, Stockholm, İsveç, 2022, Accessed: 00, 2022. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/98283.