December 9, 2020
The discovery of the Hartapu inscription last year by James Osborne (Assistant Professor of Anatolian Archaeology) and Michele Massa (Postdoctoral Fellow in the Mansueto Institute and OI) was chosen by Archaeology Magazine to be one of the top 10 discoveries of 2020! The stone stela records the military achievements of King Hartapu and sheds new light on this Iron Age king and the location of his capital, a previously unknown major Bronze and Iron Age city in central Turkey. You can learn more about their affiliated projects, the Konya Regional Archaeological Survey Project (KRASP) and Türkmen-Karahöyük Intensive Survey Project (TISP). A joint lecture at the OI announcing the discovery can be viewed at the OI's YouTube channel. An academic article co-authored by Petra Goedegebuure, Theo van den Hout, James Osborne, Michele Massa, Christoph Bachhuber, and Fatma Şahin publishing the first edition of the inscription appeared earlier this summer in Anatolian Studies. The discovery was featured previously in UChicago News.