Brill’s New Pauly

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(Kanish), later Hittite Neša (today Kültepe near Kaiserı/Turkey), was a centre of Old Assyrian trade colonies in Asia Minor (other centres included Ališar and Ḫattusa). It was a trans-shipment centre for goods imported by Assyrian traders with donkey caravans from Assur (tin from Iran, textiles and other goods from Babylonia), which were traded primarily for precious metals (mostly gold and silver). At the same time, K. played an important ro…

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Kryszat, Guido (Münster), “Kanesh”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 14 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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