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Adilcevaz Yazitlari

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Adilcevaz Yazŭtlarŭ
Single Findspot
Eastern Anatolia
Investigation Method:
Middle Iron Age


They lie 20 km to the east of the Ahlat District in Bitlis on the northwestern shore of the Lake Van to the south of the Süphan Mountain. There are four inscriptions. The first inscription belongs to the Urartu fortress which is called "Kafir Kale" (Kef Kalesi) 4 km west of Adilcevaz. Inscribed on a stone block, it is in the garden of the Inonü Primary School. The inscription is on the right or above the lower right side of the stone block. It reads "Éthose worksÉRusa, the son of Argishti built the Haldi city of Ziquni land. Rusa, the son of Argishti says: I took women from the enemy landsÉ people from the lands of Muski, Hatti and Halitu (?)É this fortress, I also attached these citiesÉto this fortress. (No one ever gives harm) Éto any of them. Rusa, the son of Argishti says: God Haldi gave (?)...to me. I made these difficult things for God Haldi. With the greatness of God Haldi, Rusa, the son of Argishti (is) the mighty king, the great king, king of the land of Bianili (and) lord of the city of Tushpa." The second one was inscribed on a wall from the Urartian Period between the road to Ahlat and the lake to the west of Adilcevaz. It was inscribed onto a stone block, most probably in relation with the structure decorated with a god relief in the Museum of Van. The third inscription was engraved on basalt blocks in a single line in the Kef Fortess. It reads: "By the greatness of God Haldi, Rusa, the son of Argishti built this Asihuse. The rock was wild and no (other) king could accomplish it. By the command of God Haldi, I accomplished it. Rusa says: whoever destroys this stele, may God Shivini annihilate (him)". The fourth inscription was engraved on a stoen block on the gate of the Adilcevaz Fortress. It is illegible due to heavy destruction. Furthermore, 19 intact vessels which were uncovered at Adilcevaz and now being exhibited in the Anatolian Civilizations Museum of Ankara bear capacity measures on them.
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