By David Hopkins

This number of essays reports fresh paintings in Anatolia. Many papers speak about Hittite faith and tradition, together with the 1st English-language dialogue, via Peter Neve, of the nice Temple at Hattusa. Others assessment paintings at later websites together with Aphrodisias and Sardis.

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The Hittites were able to integrate the mountainous terrain of their Empire with their building technologies. They were heirs to a metal technology that had unparalleled development in Anatolia since the eighth millennium BCE (Maddin 1988). The Sungurlu area in north central Turkey around the highland capital, Bogazköy, is fertile in agricultural potential, and even more significantly, it has an environment rich in metals, minerals, and wood. These resources abound in the Pontic Mountains to the north and the Taurus range to the south.

Moreover a fragment of an oxhide ingot of copper excavated at Bogazköy (Müller-Karpe 1980) links this seemingly landlocked empire with a circum-Mediterranean maritime commerce. This network moved tons of copper and tin during the Late Bronze Age and was revealed in the spectacular results of the underwater excavations at Uluburun Kas¸ and Cape Gelidonya (Bass et al. 1989; Maddin 1989). The quantities of metal objects with ritual significance began early, as the findings at Troy and Alaca Höyük demonstrate.

As suggested above, spaces such as entrance ways and deep storage rooms showed the greatest asymmetry. Titris¸ (f9), Asmar (f12), and both exterior spaces fell outside the range of one standard deviation from the mean RA with significantly higher values. Similarly, the central spaces Titris¸ (c4) and Asmar (c5) feel significantly below the mean plus standard deviation. This supports the observations made above by simple visual inspection of the ground plans. All other spaces in both complexes, with one exception, fell within the expected range of one standard deviation from the overall mean RA.

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