"The Destruction of Hasanlu in Northwestern Iran: An Iron Age
Schools of Oriental Research).
Where:Buffalo Museum of Science When: Wednesday,
2015, 6.30 p.m
Co-Sponsored by IEMA
The destruction of Hasanlu Tepe, Iran at around 800 BC in a
violent military attack created an almost unique archaeological deposit —
numerous monumental buildings and their contents were burned and a large part
of the population was brutally murdered.The Hasanlu Project (1956–1977), headed by Robert H. Dyson, Jr., found
the remains of over 250 citizens and soldiers in the well-preserved burned citadel
and Lower Town and thousands of objects, including the famous Gold Bowl and
Silver Beaker.This paper presents an
overview of this frozen moment in time based on an extensive re-analysis of the
Hasanlu Project archives by the lecturer in preparation for final publication.
Hasanlu IVb (1000–800 BC) provides a rare window through which to view life in
western Iran in the early Iron Age and a poignant reminder of the realities of ancient
warfare in the Near East, known mainly from Assyrian representational art
decorating the palaces of Nineveh and Nimrud and Assyrian texts.