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The Turkish spelling is 'Alaca Höyük'.
The bicephalous (two-headed) eagle was the main heraldic symbol of the Hittites.   A quick Google search of the internet will lead you to numerous web sites that cite as a fact that the Hittites were the first to use this symbol, and that other uses of the two-headed eagle (e.g. Byzantium, Russia, Germany and Albania) derive either directly or indirectly from the Hittite version.   One even claims that the Roman (single-headed) eagle was based on it.   I'm not qualified to comment on the truth of any of this, but it is all fascinating.

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(Earth Views): Turkey Alaja Huyuk Hittite temple carving of two headed eagle with two rabbits in its claws SEW.jpg
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  • turkey = .tr, Türkei, Turquía, Turquie, Turquia, Turchia = Adjective "Turkish".

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  • turkey = .tr, Türkei, Turquía, Turquie, Turquia, Turchia

This is the central scene in Chamber A.   There are many figures either side of this scene forming two processions of gods that lead up to this central meeting of Teshub and Hebat.   The figures in this picture are, left to right, as follows.   First is probably Teshub's brother, standing astride two mountain peaks.   Next is Teshub, the weather god, who is bearded and wears a tall, conical hat and a short-skirted tunic; he stands on the shoulders of two mountain gods (probably Namni and Hazzi).   Facing him is the sun goddess Hebat wearing a fluted, cylindrical hat and a blouse and long skirt; she stands on the back of a large feline, which is in turn standing on mountain peaks.   Behind her is Sharrumma, the son of Teshub and Hebat.   He is the only male figure in the procession behind Hebat.   He too stands and the back of a feline that is standing on mountain peaks.   Next come two female figures: the first is identified as Alanzu, the daughter of Teshub and Hebat; the second might be their granddaughter.   They are dressed similarly to Hebat, but the clothes aren't as full and flowing as hers; they are supported by a double headed eagle with wings spread.

Thumbnail[has location information] Turkey Alaja Huyuk Hittite temple wall carvings bas relief SEW.jpg (Earth Views)

  • turkey = .tr, Türkei, Turquía, Turquie, Turquia, Turchia

The Turkish spelling is 'Alaca Höyük'.
At the left-hand end, does that look like a Massey-Ferguson to you too?


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