Statuette of a Hittite goddess and child, Anatolia, 15th-13th Century BCE (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
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Hittite or Nesili is the extinct language once spoken by the Hittites, a people who created an empire centered on ancient Hattusas in north-central Anatolia (modern Turkey). The language was spoken from approximately 1800 BC (and probably before) to 1100 BC. There is some attestation that Hittite and related languages continued to be spoken in Anatolia and Northern Syria for a few hundred years to around 700 BC following the collapse of the Hittite empire and the last of the Hittite cuneiform texts.