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Deep in the heart of
approximately 150 km east of Ankara and near the
northern border of ancient Cappadocia, the centre of a powerful empire was
located: Hattusa (Hattusha-Hattusas), the Capital city of the
Hittites (Ancient Anatolian
Peoples). From about 1650/1600 to 1200
BC, the Great Kings of Hattusha ruled an empire that reached across the broad
lands of Anatolia, extending at times even into the north of Syria; they conquered
Babylon, and Troy was apparently one of their vassals. Besides Egypt,
Babylonia the Hittites were the third superpower of the
Ancient Near East.
The remains of Hattusa (Hattusha/Hattusas) excavated and restored up to now form an archaeological
open air museum, as part of a Historical National Park. Hattusha (Hattusa/Hattusas) is also one of
nine sites in Turkey currently included in the
UNESCO World Heritage List.
In 2001 the cuneiform tablet archives excavated at Hattusha
(Hattusa / Hattusas), now kept in the
archaeological museums of Ankara (Museum
of Anatolian Civilizations) and Istanbul, have been added to the
UNESCO Memory of the World List.
The Excavations at Hattusa (Hattusha) is a project of the German Institute of Archaeology
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