The Irrigation Canal Stele of the Urartian King Argišti I Recently Discovered in Erciş/Salmanağa, North of Lake Van

  • 1 Independent Researcher, Van, Turkey


This article presents a recently-found inscribed stele belonging to the Urartian king Argišti I (ca. 785/80–756 BC). The stele was erected to commemorate the inauguration of an irrigation channel running off the Dainalitini Stream (modern Deliçay), north of Lake Van in Eastern Turkey. The inscription on this stele is important, both for localizing the Dainalitini Stream mentioned in Urartian texts, as well as understanding sacrificial rituals in agricultural contexts.

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The journal publishes papers and reviews from the field of Ancient Eastern Philology, and religious, legal, economic and social history, together with Middle Eastern archaeology and art history. The main geographical areas covered are Mesopotamia, Northern Syria, Anatolia, Ancient Armenia and Elam.