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Starry Night of Hittites

By: Tunc Tezel

 

Region: Middle East

Site: Hattusa - Turkey

Date: 2009 October 23

Winter stars, from Orion to Gemini and Canis Minor (with Mars at the lower left), rise above the rebuilt walls of the ancient city of Hattusa, a World Heritage Site near Bogazkale, Turkey. The earliest traces of settlement on the site are from about 8000 years ago, while the city's brightest era was in the 14th century BC as the capital of Hittite Old Kingdom. Tunc Tezel

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