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Soğukçam (Germanos) Niche  

This small niche with an inscription is located 2 km south of the Soğukçam (ancient Germanos) village in the Göynük township of Bolu province. It was built on a conical rock locally known as Türbeönü or Yazılıkaya. The triangle shaped niche is 60 cm in height and has an engraved frame around it. There was a 9-line Old Phrygian inscription (B‑01) under the niche. This monument was largely destroyed by treasure hunters in 2017. The inscription is completely destroyed, and the niche is partially damaged.
There is another Old Phrygian rock inscription (B‑08) found in 2003 a few hundred meters away from the Germanos B-01 inscription.

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Berndt-Ersöz, S. 2006. Phrygian Rock–Cut Shrines. Structure, Function and Cult Practice, Leiden.

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