Hittite Art, 2300-750 B.C

Hittite Art, 2300-750 B.C

Hittite Art, 2300-750 B.C

Hittite Art, 2300-750 B.C

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Archaeology is an expanding universe. This is particularly true in the case of the Near East where recent excavations have considerably enlarged our horizon, just as the post-war excavations in Greece have thrown an entirely new light on the Mycenæan times. The excavations in the southern provinces of Turkey and North Syria--at Tell-Atshana and Karatepe, for instance--have helped to solve many problems. At the same time they have raised so many new questions that our knowledge of the Ancient Middle East is undergoing a complete re-assessment. In common with other sciences, archaeology--which is not truly speaking a science but altogether a set of techniques, a matter of appreciation and perhaps an art in itself--calls for a continual re-examination of the evidence, new and old. Pure archaeological research and art history are so intimately brought together in the present instance, that were it for this reason alone, the problems raised by archaeological research 'Hittite' art should be approached and studied without pre-conceived ideas and not in order to further a personal appreciation of the evidence. The time is not come when vast syntheses can be attempted, nor is it yet near when we can feel on safe ground when dealing with Near East archaeology. This is why we shall as a rule endeavour to refrain from drawing hard and fast conclusions which as we too often see can only be of superficial and passing interest.

The foregoing remarks particularly apply in the case of Hittite archaeology, for here we truly stand on the threshold of a new world. The so-called 'Hittite' hieroglyphic script, which was in use as early as the Old Kingdom period and came into current use both as a monumental and a daily . . .

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