Carchemish or Karkemish Hittite City State History & Artefacts







The History of Carchemish or Karkemish

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Ancient Carchemis or Karkemish was an ancient settlement and capital that had been occupied since Neolithic times. Carchemis became an important city in the Hittite Empire being located as a major trading centre. Between 1206 and 1150 BC the Hittite Empire collapsed during invasions of the “Sea People” which led to the Bronze Age Collapse. Carchemis survived these attacks contrary to the proclomations of Ramesses III and replaced Hattusa as the Neo-Hittite capital.

Many of the Hittite relief sculptures in this Hittite art gallery seem to depict the story of the legend of Gilgamesh. There are also Hittite depictions of some of their vast panteon of Gods. Winged half men and half beast Gods and other fanciful depictions of deities demonstrate the powerful iomagination of Hittite artitst.

 

 

 

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