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Title: An Old Babyonian Cylinder Seal from Daskyleion in Northwestern Anatolia
Author(s): YAYLALI, Serap
Journal: Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Volume: 42 Date: 2005
This essay describes an Old Babylonian cylinder seal recovered coincidentally from a Byzantine deposit at the site of Daskyleion in northwestern Anatolia. The figurative scene and the cuneiform inscription carved on this seal is described in detail to place this artifact in its cultural and temporal context. This seal dating to a period between the late nineteenth and early eighteenth century B.C. depicts a protector goddess/Lama in a position paying respect to the god Adad. The reasons for the arrival of this seal in such a distant location far from its homeland is also evaluated in relation to the events that occurred between Anatolian and Mesopotamian cultures. It is proposed that this seal was a heirloom from the previous millennium that was brought to Daskyleion during the establishment of the Persian Satrapy at the site.