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Eastern Anatolia
Investigation Method:
Middle Iron Age


There is an Urartian burial place in the Suçati (Gerran) Village of the Karliova District in Bingöl. The burial place lies on the Gülavi Hill, 2 km north of the village located on the bank of Perisu between the Çat and Karliova districts. The region provides significant data on the Urartian history. There are three Urartian graves found at this location. Two of them have a stone masonry, each topped with a large flat lidstone. The first burial trench on the eastern end resembles a rectangle, which is 1.7 m by 0.8 m, and the second grave, which is 2.7 m next to it measures 1.4 m by 0.65 m with an irregular shape. The third one is a pithos lying 3 m to the west of this grave, which has been destroyed by the road. It has a diameter of 1.2 m and a depth of 0.4 m with a broken upper part. The wall thickness is 0.12 m. It was made of coarse paste in a purplish color with a material nature. It represents first example of this type, bringing along a new interpretation to the Urartian burial tradition. The villagers delivered a belt as a gift, which is 0.11 m wide, and 0.85 m long (buckle parts missing at the center and two ends) and which can be put together using 6 parts to the Erzurum Museum. The graves have been destroyed by illicit diggings. The bronze fragments recovered from the grave bear animal depictions and plant motifs while on one end of the fragment, there are lion depictions. In some fragments, warrior-like archer portrayal among the branches of the tree of life can be interpreted as a hunter (in relation with the animal depictions). The outfit of the warrior, a familiar Urartian wear, consists of a coat, socks, pointed toe shoes and a helmet with a pointed top. The hair (emphasized with incision decorations) radiating under the latter touches down the shoulders. The Suçati belt with the picturesque characteristics mentioned here can be found in other Urartian sites. The fragments recovered from these graves are significant as they beautifully reflect the Urartian art.
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