Güngör Karauğuz

Keywords: Bronze Tablet, Tarḫuntašša, Ĥulaia, NA₄ ḫekur SAG.UŠ, Mausoleum


Thanks to the discovery in 1986 and the subsequent publication in 1988 by H. Otten of a bronze tablet, many questions concerning the enigma of the Tarḫuntašša and Hulaia River Country are on the verge of being solved. Nevertheless there are still many questions related to that part of the tablet that have not, as yet been deciphered. One of these questions is the one related to the NA₄ hekur SAG.UŠ building. In the last few years traces of this building have been searched for in the city of Puhanta, which is not far from the Kizzuwatna border town of Šaliia that is generally referred to as being the Porsuk Höyük (tumulus). Karadağ, where the King Hartapuš inscriptions have been found, is another probable location for this building. We, on the other hand, chose to look for it in the rocky terrain where the Hatıp-Kurunta monument is located.