Hasanlu Archeological Mound

Hassanlu Mound
Hassanlu Mound

 

Hasanlu Mound or Teppe Hasanlu is an archeological site of an ancient city located in northwest Iran in Solduz Valley near Naqadeh.

 

People had been living in this town since 6th millennium BC. It was destroyed by the Assyrians multiple times. The site consists of a 25m high central citadel mound, with massive fortifications and paved streets, surrounded by a mow outer town.

Bronze Drinking Vessel, Found in Hasanlu
Bronze Drinking Vessel, Found in Hasanlu

The excavations have divided the site’s history into ten periods based on the nature of material findings in several layers.

This site is also famous for the Golden bowl of Hasanlu and the Hasanlu Lovers.

Hasanlu Golden Cup
Hasanlu Golden Cup

The Golden Bowl was discovered by the Pennsylvania University team member which is estimated to be around 3200 years or older. An array of three deities in chariots appears in the upper field, moving from left to right, meeting a delegation of three walking or standing men facing left.

Hasanlu Cup Extended SchemeHasanlu Cup Extended Scheme

The Hasanlu Lovers are human skeletons, seemingly in an embrace, which were identified as two males. Its photograph earned the title Hasanlu Lovers or The 2800 Years Old Kiss.

2800-year-old Lovers, Hasanlu
2800-year-old Lovers, Hasanlu