Asia: Ancient cities () / Kanesh (Nesa)

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Kanesh was located about twenty kilometres north-east of the modern village of Kayseri. It was generally known by the name of Nesha or Nesa in local records, but the Assyrians called it Kanesh, and this is how it is generally known. In Kanesh's heyday, an area was set aside in the city specifically for the use of Assyrian merchants who were exempt from being taxed. When the city was burned, the Assyrians had to abandon their property just as everyone else did, leaving it to be found by archaeologists.