Jewelery Art, Inspired by Hittites


The Ninda collection is inspired by the Hittites, the Hatti people with 1000 deities, and their use of the triangle shape which symbolizes ‘goodness’ in their hieroglyphic writing.

The collection was named “Ninda”, since this word means “bread” in the Sumerian language, and was also the key word used to decipher the Hittite language. The first sentence which was translated read “Eat bread and drink water, too”.

Canan Alimdar is inspired for her work based the Hittite seals, figures, designs on tablets, clothing and hieroglyphic ideograms, rather than Hittite jewelry. The circular earrings which were often seen in the documents of the related era, along with bracelets and chains, are specially designed as jewelry items in her collection, and are very exquisite.

The triangle form, the other inspirational shape used by designer Canan Alimdar, symbolizes goodness, femininity, city and country in the hieroglyphic writing, according to its usage in this ancient lexicon. The use of the triangle throughout her collection, emphasizes “goodness through the hands of women to the world”, this also is the motto of the exhibition.

There will be seminars, speeches and workshops about the Hittites, under the umbrella of the Ninda collection’s exhibition which will run from February 9, 2017 thru March 13, 2017.


Hittite Cookery

Hittite chefs risk death to feed gods

Being a chef during the Hittite Empire was something else. The Gods were the powerful ones and if you were not able to satisfy the needs of the gods that might mean that caused a spell to be placed not only on you but on the whole nation. It was a profession not completely free of risks. If you, as a chef, were not able to prepare the perfect food for your gods you might end up with your head chopped of your body. The ultimate punishment for not presenting well-prepared food during the Hittite era was the death penalty.

For the thousands of gods the Hittites had they had at least 160 different kinds of bread. Can you imagine that, 160 kinds of bread? Kitchens in the Hittite Empire were rich kitchens and also had many different types of beverages, including beer. Near the village where you would find the capital of the kingdom of Hattusha there is a small museum. Before you decide to go and see the place that once used to be a capital I would like to recommend you visit the museum. There are a lot of things that will help you later visualize the wealth and creativity of the Hittites. After that you can go and discover the capital and then you might be better prepared to ‘see’ how life used to be.

Archaeological team prepares 4,000-year-old Hittite meals

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An archaeological team excavating the ancient site of Alacahöyük, one of the most significant centers of the ancient Hittite civilization, cooked pastries belonging to Hittite cuisine that dates back 4,000 years. The foods found on Hittite tablets were cooked without modern technology or equipment.


he 4,000-year-old Hittite cuisine was cooked in Alacahöyük, an important Neolithic settlement and Turkey’s first nationally excavated area. Aykut Çınaroğlu, the head of the excavations and professor of archaeology at Ankara University, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that Chef Ömür Akkor, an excavation team member, prepared a special Hittite menu in light of the available archaeological findings. “We conducted research on kitchen culture, food and bread of Anatolian-Hittite cuisine dating back 4,000 years,” he said. Akkor added that the food was cooked by imitating the period’s conditions. “Ancient settlers wrote that they ate cold meat, cooked onion and bread on a festival day. They did not use yeast while making bread or cook them in moist ovens. The team tried to make it with pounded wheat, not sifted flour,” he said.

Akkor said experimental foods were cooked using findings found on ancient tablets. “There is a lot of information about food culture on Hittite tablets. We used buckwheat brought from Germany for cooking. It was crushed on stones and we did not use kitchenware other than a knife. Considering the conditions at the time, we understood that the Hittites were highly successful in the kitchen as well as in other areas,” Akkor said, adding that more than 100 pastry names were found on Hittite tablets. During the excavations, findings about olive oil, honey, beverages and vegetables were also discovered. Underlining the hygienic measures taken in Hittite kitchens, Akkor said if a chef with a large, unmanaged beard or long, unmanaged hair cooks in the kitchen or an animal wandered into the kitchen, he or she used to receive a death penalty along with their family. The rule was valid for those who cooked without having a bath beforehand. “These rules show how the Hittites took sanitary issues very seriously 4,000 years ago,” he said.

The excavations in Alacahöyük were first started in 1907 by Ottoman archaeologist Makridi Bey. In 1935, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, re-started it by providing funds for the excavation. Currently, the excavations are conducted by Ankara University. Alacahöyük is seen as a significant tumulus of the Hittites, who migrated to Anatolia in around 2000 B.C. Çınaroğlu said interesting and informative findings have been uncovered during the excavations. Copper chunks found in a mining workshop that date back 3,700 years and bronze brooches are among the most interesting ones.

Here are some highlights from the Hittite menu:


Ninda.imza (without flavor)

Mulati (made from barley)

Ninda.gur.ra (with cheese and fig)

Ninda purpura (small bread)

Ninda.ku (sweet bread)


Apricot butter

Beruwa with cucumber (beruwa is the name given for mashed food. There are many kinds)

Beruwa with chickpea

Happena (a casserole of meat, olive oil and honey)

Kariya (grilled lamb liver and heart)

Cold meat

Sandwiches (according to Hittite tablets, sandwiches were made with cooked meat and onion)

Turkey’s well-known ancient site of Alacahöyük, which currently draws around 50,000 visitors annually, is located in the central Anatolian province of Çorum. The ancient site was one of the most significant centers of the ancient Hittite civilization and also Turkey’s first national excavation site. Works at the site are set to continue in order to uncover more clues like those found last year in order to prove settlement in the area began 1,500 years earlier than previously thought. Alacahöyük was first introduced to the archaeology world in 1835 by W. C. Hamilton, but has since been frequently visited by many scholars who came to Asia Minor. The Alacahöyük excavations have been overseen by Çınaroğlu since 1998. The first excavations began at the ancient site in 1907 and lasted only 15 days, and were restarted in 1935. Artifacts such as sun disks, bull and deer statues and 13 tombs of Hittite kings show the high culture of the era. The Sphinx Gate and the reliefs are the reflections of Hittite Religious Ceremonies that have survived to present day.

Hittite cookery : an experimental archaeological study (by arkeologs and food engineers) Asuman AlbayrakÜlkü M SolakAhmet Uhri

the book here

1) Happena/Happina (Hititçe “açık ateş”) (on fire)


2) Ešri (Hititçe “Heykel, şekil, figür, resim, temsil”) (means shape, figure, picture or sculpture) 


3) Kistanziya (Hititçe “acıkmak”) (means to be hungry) 


4) Zalpa


5) Soğuk et (cold meat)


“To Put on Your Boots” 

You know me, sometimes a song, a voice, just music fascinated me…. Sometimes, words,… or photographs, or stories…. But now, I am so exciting to introduce you all, an artist, an extraordinary artist… I don’t know what I can say more but it is better to visit his world/blog if you haven’t met yet.

“to put on your boots ” is being told what means in here, 



3,000-year-old Hittite Sword


There is no wife in the world, Hittite sword can not be valued.

The 3,000-year-old Hittite brick in Çorum, which is included in road construction studies, is not priceless. The sword, which has no other example in the world, was found incidentally by two graveyard scoop operators in Hattusa, the capital of the Hittites, one of the greatest empires of history. At that time, two scoop operators in charge of the Village Services Directorate were delivered to the historian Boğazköy Museum belonging to Tuthaliya from the Hittite Kingdoms. The sword, which was understood to belong to the Hittite period in the examination made here, was later transferred to the Corum Museum. It is understood from the traces at the edge of the hole and individual hammer marks that it is made by forging the part that goes from the rivet holes to the cramp in the hardened bronze and casting technique. From the date of its founding, the sword, which has been on the agenda of the world of archeology, has been presented as a vow. The nail on the left side of the worm has the letter “I-nu-ma du-ut-ha-li-yalugal.galu-a-as-su-wa-u-halqiq-an-nu- -se-lI “is seen. ” When the great king Tuthaliya settled the land of Assuwa, this militant master offered it as a sacrifice to the god of the storm. ” It is estimated to have been written after the writer was seized as a spoils of war.

Kırkdilim Yolu




There is a famous road in Çorum, called “Kırkdilim” yolu means, 40 slice road….There are so many bends on the road and also passing between rocky mountains…

1965 kırkdilim

In 1965 they started to build a road on this rocky area…

There is also interesting and archeological grave on the rocky mountain. It’s called, “Kapılıkaya Anıtsal Kaya Mezarı” means Rock With Door, Monumental Rocky Grave….

The rock tomb, which is known to belong to the commander İkezios, who lived in the Hellenistic period.







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About City, Çorum

Çorum is famous with its roasted chick peas too…. Selling to all other cities, and abroad too…


and rice that I usually use this one, “Osmancık” rice,


In todays all Anatolian cities keep their traditional richness, precious and trying to exhibit in many ways, I talked about this before.




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Nostalgia and modern world…. so attractive for tourism…


Local handicrafts, and handmade rugs, carpets,


Copper works in everywhere in the Anatolia,



then, Çorum cuisine coming from the old days till today…