Sites & cities that bear the name of Teppe Hasanlu

Teppe Hasanlu

Today in : Iran (Islamic Republic of)
First trace of activity : ca. 5,000 B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 13th century C.E
Recorded names : Tépeh Hansâlou, Hansalou

Description : Teppe Hasanlu or Tappeh Hassanlu (Persian: تپه حسنلو) is an archeological site of an ancient city located in northwest Iran (in the province of West Azerbaijan), a short distance south of Lake Urmia. The nature of its destruction at the end of the 9th century BC essentially froze one layer of the city in time, providing researchers with extremely well preserved buildings, artifacts, and skeletal remains from the victims and enemy combatants of the attack. Hasanlu Tepe is the largest site in the Gadar River valley and dominates the small plain known as Solduz. The site consists of a 25 m high central "citadel" mound, with massive fortifications and paved streets, surrounded by a low outer town, 8 m above the surrounding plain. The entire site, once much larger but reduced in size by local agricultural and building activities, now measures about 600 m across, with the citadel having a diameter of about 200 m.The site was inhabited fairly continuously from the 6th millennium BC to the 3rd century AD. It is famous for the Golden bowl of Hasanlu and the Hasanlu Lovers, which were identified as two males, found by a team from the University of Pennsylvania led by Robert Dyson. The site is also known for a 3000-year old cemetery that some researchers suggest could include the burial of transgender people. Since June 2018, the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization has pushed for the entire archeological site to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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