Kayseri constructs world’s largest cuneiform monument

kayseri1.jpgThe Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality erected the world’s largest clay cuneiform monument at Kiçikapı Square in Kayseri on Thursday.
The monument is a grand copy of the clay tablets used by Assyrian traders 4,000 years ago.
Professor Fikri Kulakoğlu, who is in charge of excavations at Kültepe, expressed his gratitude over Kayseri Mayor Mehmet Özhaseki’s efforts to preserve the historical heritage of Kayseri.

Kulakoğlu said the excavations at Kültepe, located 10 kilometers from the Kayseri-Sivas highway, have been under way since 1948. He noted that they have discovered over 20,000 cuneiform tablets so far. “Kültepe’s significance stems from it being the first place where Anatolia encountered writing. Kayseri recently began realizing its value, and I appreciate Mayor Özhaseki for supporting the excavations and erecting a monument with a replica of the clay tablets we discovered.”

Emphasizing the importance attributed to Kültepe, Özhaseki stated that they have initiated several projects to make the excavation site easier to visit and to be able to introduce it to the world.

Özhaseki said they have completed the construction of paths linking to the site from seven different locations in the city and placed four different figures, which represent Kayseri, along some of these pathways. “One of these figures is the monument of the cuneiform tablet, dating back to the Assyrians. The specialists translated it so as to create a replica of it. The replica is 3.30 by 2.20 meters and includes a Turkish translation on its lower section. The world is closely watching the historical monuments that have been dug up in Kültepe, but unfortunately we don’t appreciate its value much. We are trying to do our own bit to make up for this shortcoming,” he said.

The other structures erected on the remaining pathways include a fountain as well as the symbols of a mountain climber and parachutist.

03.11.2007

İSMAİL İÇER KAYSERİ