Abstract and Keywords
This article discusses findings from excavations at Kültepe–Kaneš, which is on the ancient trade route connecting central Anatolia to Malatya, a center that always had close links to Mesopotamian cultures. Central Anatolia was also accessible from the Mediterrannean through passes in the Taurus Mountains, such as Yahyalı–Develi, Zamantı–Gezbeli–Sirkeli, or Tufanbeyli–Ceyhan, which led to Kültepe;. The passes were narrow, but convenient in the proper seasons, and were also used during the Hittite Empire period.
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