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Kültepe, Kanes (conventionally transcribed Kaneš and often rendered Kanesh, is an important Anatolian archaeological site. It was a karum (semi-independent trade colony) during the period of the Assyrian Trade Colonies (first half of the 18th c. BC), and considered the home of the Hittites. (the latest part of the Assyrian Trade Colonies: ~1950 to 1750 BC)