In period VB (Late Bronze Age I – 1650-1500 BCE) Arslantepe came under the influence of the Hittite Empire; the site is fortified with a wall and earthen rampart and the town gates follow the typical Central Anatolian plan, as those of the capital Boğazköy. Domestic structures have been brought to light inside the settlement with a pottery production that indicates contacts both with the eastern Keban and with Central Anatolia.

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