Sites & cities that bear the name of Karatepe


First trace of activity : ca. 12th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 7th century B.C.E
Recorded names : A-Za-ti-wa / i TA-ia na, Azatiwataya

Description : Not to be confused with Karatepe, Termez, Uzbekistan, where a Buddhist mural from 3rd century was found, nor Kara Tepe Refugee Camp in Greece. Karatepe (Turkish for "Black Hill"; Hittite: Azatiwataya) is a late Hittite fortress and open-air museum in Osmaniye Province in southern Turkey lying at a distance of about 23 km from the district center of Kadirli. It is sited in the Taurus Mountains, on the right bank of the Ceyhan River. The site is contained within Karatepe-Aslanta┼č National Park.

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