ANATOLIAN STUDIES VIRTUAL SEMINAR SERIES: The Political Geography of Hartapu’s Kingdom, a Newly-Discovered Middle Iron Age Power in Central Anatolia

22 September 2020 17:00 to 18:30 | Online

The seminar will be held via Zoom, please register for details, thank you.

An Anatolian Studies Virtual Seminar by Michele Massa (University of Chicago), with panelists Christoph Bachhuber, Fatma Şahin, Hüseyin Erpehlivan, James Osborne and Anthony J. Lauricella.

Tuesday 22nd September 2020 | 17:00-18:30 (London UTC+1) | 19:00-20:30 (Ankara UTC+3) | Online

The recent discovery of the Türkmen-Karahöyük megasite and the associated Luwian inscription by ‘Great King Hartapu’ have raised questions regarding our knowledge of the political geography of southern-central Anatolia. While traditionally attributed to the end of the Hittite Empire, Hartapu’s kingdom can now be firmly dated to the Middle Iron Age on philological grounds. This makes it broadly contemporary with the expanding Phrygian kingdom on one side, the Neo-Assyrian Empire on the other, and a constellation of smaller principalities known as Tabal. The aim of the seminar is to employ an integrated geographical, archaeological and philological analysis to define the political borders of Hartapu’s kingdom, and to understand its geopolitical role and relevance in the mid-late 8th century BCE.

Michele Massa, an Oriental Institute Postdoctoral Fellow,  received his PhD degree from University College London in 2016 and  previously held an assistant professorship at Bilecik University (2016-2018). He is the co-director of the Konya Regional Archaeological Survey Project. Michele’s primary area of interest is the prehistoric Eastern Mediterranean and Near East. He specialises in landscape archaeology and different aspects of the process of urbanization and state formation -including water management, warfare, long distance exchange networks, administration and elite behaviours.


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