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Thinking Hattusha: astronomy and landscape in the Hittite Lands

AuthorsGonzález-García, A. César ; Belmonte, Juan Antonio
Institute of Heritage Sciences
Instituto de Ciencias del Patrimonio
Issue DateNov-2011
PublisherScience History Publications
CitationJournal for the History of Astronomy, 42 (4): 461-494 (2011)
Abstract[EN]The article discusses the allegedly astronomical orientations of various Hittite temples and monumental gates and their relationship to the wider themes of Hittite culture and civilization. The temples discussed were largely located in the area of the Hittite capital of Hattusha (in modern-day Turkey). The authors begin by explaining Hittite religion, which featured belief in solar deities and astral cults, with emphasis given to feasts and festivals. It is noted that most temples were oriented in relation to the winter solstice.
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