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Kalehisar

It is an altar located on Kalehisar (Karahisar) Hill, 4 km north of Alacahöyük, Çorum. The altar consists of two parts. The higher section on the right has stylized idols and four steps. The two lion reliefs sitting on the third step are quite eroded. Their heads are completely destroyed. On the vertical side of the third step is a two-line Old Phrygian inscription (P‑06). The left side of the monument is slightly lower. It is arranged like a bench of 4.2 x 1.5 m dimensions. The rock behind the bench was worked as a backrest. On the upper part of this, there are two lion sculptures carved on two separate bases. Their heads are completely destroyed and only the bodies are preserved.


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Roller, 2004 Berndt-Ersöz, 2006



Literature:
Berndt-Ersöz, S. 2006. Phrygian Rock–Cut Shrines. Structure, Function and Cult Practice, Leiden.
Roller, L. E. 1999. In Search of God the Mother: The Cult of Anatolian Cybele, Berkeley.

Image sources:
L. E. Roller, 1999
S. Berndt-Ersöz, 2006



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