(Persia Digest) - The ancient Tappeh Hassanlu in Naghadeh, West Azerbaijan Province, is a symbol of the history of Islamic Iran which is set to be registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tappeh Hassanlu with an area of 30 hectares and a height of 20 meters is located seven kilometers northeast of the city of Naghadeh in West Azerbaijan Province, near the Hassanlu Village.

Archaeologists have estimated the age of this ancient hill to be 800 to 1400 BCE; another speculation is that the monuments in the ruins of Tappeh Hassanlu were set on fire in 700 or 650 BCE. The Golden bowl of Hassanlu which belongs to the Mannaean era was also discovered here.

Among the interesting things discovered in this area is the grave of the Iranian lovers. In 1972, a joint Iranian-American team led by Dr  Robert H Dyson discovered the skeletons of two people in a 3000-year-old grave, seemingly in an embrace. The discovery made Tappeh Hassanlu known as The Lovers’ Hill.

Photos: Ali Entezari / Fars, Seyyed Mosleh Pir Khazranian / IRNA

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