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The Hittites were an ancient Anatolian people who lived in the region of Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) from the 18th to the 13th century BC. They are believed to have been the descendants of the earlier Hattians, who had lived in the same region for centuries before the Hittites arrived. The Hittites are best known for their sophisticated use of iron, which allowed them to create a powerful and expansive empire that included parts of modern-day Turkey, Syria, and northern Iraq. The Hittites also established a unique form of government and left behind a series of impressive monuments, such as the Temple of the Storm God in Hattusa. In addition, they developed an extensive writing system and are credited with introducing the use of horse-drawn chariots to the ancient world. Today, the Hittites are remembered as one of the great civilizations of the ancient Near East.