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  • The Chicago Hittite Dictionary Project | The University of Chicago
    Online Introduction The Hittite language is the earliest preserved member of the Indo European family of languages It was written on clay tablets in central Asia Minor modern Turkey over a five hundred year span c 1650 1180 B C The vast majority of Hittite tablets were excavated from the ruins of the ancient Hittite capital Hattusa located near the modern Turkish town of Boghazkale formerly Boghazköy about 210 kilometers east of Ankara Scientific excavation of these ruins by a German expedition began in 1906 About 10 000 clay tablets inscribed with the familiar Assyro Babylonian cuneiform script were recovered at that moment Although some were written in the Akkadian language and could be read immediately most were in an unknown language correctly assumed to be Hittite Within ten years the language had been deciphered and a sketch of its grammar published Gradually the interational community of scholars led by the Germans expanded the knowledge of the language The number of common Hittite words that one could translate with reasonable certainty increased steadily Glossaries published in 1936 by Edgar Sturtevant in English and in 1952 by Johannes Friedrich in German admirably served the needs of their contemporaries Yet today hundred years after the decipherment there still exists no complete dictionary of the Hittite language The Chicago Hittite Dictionary Project CHD was officially started in 1975 with the awarding of an NEH grant to Harry A Hoffner and Hans G Güterbock the editors It was conceived in answer to a recognized need for a Hittite English lexical tool a concordance for lexicographical research for all parts of the corpus of Hittite texts Latest News and Announcements RSS 10th International Conference of Hittitology comes to Chicago In September 2014 at the 9th International Conference of Hittitology in Çorum it was decided that

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