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1992-93 Annual Report

Hans G. GÜTerbock

Hans G. Güterbock continued to work on the Chicago Hittite Dictionary in close cooperation with Harry Hoffner. He published an obituary of Kurt Bittel, the leading German archaeologist of Anatolia, in the Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 136 (1992). Bittel planned to take up again the problem of whether the tablets found in Building A on Büyükkale, Bo©azköy, had originally been kept there. It was planned as a cooperative venture with Güterbock. Bittel's prolonged illness prevented him from writing his part; Güterbock published his contribution in German in Archiv für Orientforschung 38/39 (1991/92), as "Remarks on the Tablets found in Building A on Büyükkale," dedicated to the memory of Kurt Bittel. Two contributions to Festschrifts (dedicatory volumes) for Turkish colleagues appeared during the year. One, dedicated to Sedat Alp, is entitled "A New Look at One A..iyawa-Text." It has a bearing on the problem of possible relations of the Hittites and the Mycenaean Greeks. The other, written for Mrs. Nimet Özgüç, is called "Sungod or King?" and deals with an iconographic problem in Hittite art. A man wearing a skullcap, a long robe, and holding a curved stick usually represents the king. The same figure with a winged sundisk attached to its head is identified as "The Sun God of Heaven" by a hieroglyphic label inscription in the rock sanctuary of Yaz1l1kaya. The same figure appears on some cylinder seals facing another god. The author stresses his conviction that the figure with the sundisk is always the sun god.

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