Hittite Fortifications C. 1650-700 BC

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In the second half of the third millennium BC the Indo-European tribe known as the Hittites migrated and settled in Central Anatolia, at that time a land of small city-states whose rulers lived in fortresses. These fortifications enabled the Hittites to transform themselves into a Bronze Age super-power defeating the Egyptians at Kadesh in c.1274 BC. Konstantin Nossov examines the fortifications constructed by the Hittites in their efforts to sustain and then halt the decline of their once flourishing empire. ...
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Overview

In the second half of the third millennium BC the Indo-European tribe known as the Hittites migrated and settled in Central Anatolia, at that time a land of small city-states whose rulers lived in fortresses. These fortifications enabled the Hittites to transform themselves into a Bronze Age super-power defeating the Egyptians at Kadesh in c.1274 BC. Konstantin Nossov examines the fortifications constructed by the Hittites in their efforts to sustain and then halt the decline of their once flourishing empire. Providing an in-depth anatomy of the fortresses, focusing on the major sites of the principal city Hattusha as well as sites at Alacah�y�k and Karatepe, with full-color reconstructions, this is an intriguing glimpse into the history of an empire which at its height rivalled the Egyptians and Assyrians. It concludes with an examination of these sites as they survive today, information that will appeal to both enthusiasts and tourists visiting the area.
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"Although much has vanished over the millennia there’s still a surprising amount to be seen by visitors to the area, and the major sites are comprehensively described and illustrated here. The Hittites clashed with other empires as well as with nearer neighbours, and developed some intriguing fortification techniques as a result. This is a book that will fascinate students of the ancient Near East as well as wargamers. Highly recommended." -John Prigent, Internet Modeler (March 2008)

"The author examines the various features of Hittite fortifications; walls, towers, gates, posterns, and ramparts. A volume that will interest those who study ancient history or archeology offer a different perspective on the once powerful Hittites." -J.E. Kaufmann, SiteO (March 2008)

"Overall, another fine book in this series and one that should be on the shelves of anyone interested in this particular time and place in ancient history." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (March 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846032073
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Series: Fortress Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Konstantin Nossov was born in 1972 and is a graduate of Moscow State University and a researcher in ancient and medieval military history as well as author of a number of books published in Russian. He has also written a number of English-language magazine articles. The author lives in Moscow, Russia.
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Table of Contents

Introduction     4
Chronology     7
Methods of Construction     10
Anatomy of Hittite Fortresses     16
Walls
Towers
Gates
Posterns
Ramparts
Tour of the Sites: Hattusha, Alacahoyuk and Karatepe     22
Hattusha
Alacahoyuk
Karatepe
Sanctuaries and the Living Sites     44
The living sites
Aftermath     53
The Sites Today     57
Alacahoyuk
Alisar
Carchemish
Gavurkalesi or Gavurkale ('the castle of infidels') Hattusha (Hattusa, Hattusas or Hatush)
Icel (Mersin)
Kanes/Nesa (modern Kultepe) Karatepe
Sam'al (Zincirli)
Bibliography and Further Reading     62
Index     64
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