The 2800 years old kiss

By RHP | Posted on: November 27, 2013 | Updated on: June 14, 2014
The 2800 years old kiss as if to signify that love is eternal.

The 2800 years old kiss as if to signify that love is eternal.

This is from an archeological site called Hasanlu, level IVB, which was burned after a military attack. People from both fighting sides were killed in the fire, which apparently spread quite unexpectedly and quickly through the town. These skeletons were found in a plaster grain bin, probably hiding from soldiers, they almost certainly asphyxiated quickly because of the fire. They are both male, which could indicate a family connection (or maybe a homosexual relationship). The “head wound” is actually from modern-day excavators. The skeleton couple was unearthed in 1972.

Theses skeletons were found in a bin with no objects. The only feature is a stone slab under the head of the skeleton on the left hand side (SK335). Some sources claim that skeletons, appearing to kiss each other, were buried 6000 years ago, but that’s not true. The archeologist who studied the skeletons say they were there since 2800 years ago. The University of Pennsylvania has determined that the couple died together in about 800 B.C. The skeletons do appear like they are kissing each other before they died – as if to signify that love is eternal.

The source of this image comes from the Penn Museum and they have name it as “The Lovers”. Its description reads:

“The Lovers” from 1972 season at Hasanlu
Hasanlu is an archaeological excavation site in Iran, Western Azerbaijan, Solduz Valley. Theses skeletons were found in a Bin with no objects. The only feature is a stone slab under the head of the skeleton on the left hand side (SK335).
Penn Museum

Teppe Hasanlu, located in northwest Iran is a very famous archaeological site of an ancient city and was excavated in 10 seasons between 1956 and 1974 by a team from the University Museum, University of Pennsylvania and the Metropolitan Museum of New York. Many valuable artifact were unearthed, including this eternal couple.

14 thoughts on “The 2800 years old kiss

    1. zets13

      Were your father kissing you when you were a child? Well, not every body lived like you.

  1. Sheryl Jo Bedal

    my sister is an archeologist who worked at the Penn Museum. This is what she said “They were identified as male and female. The female is the one holding the male’s chin. The city was destroyed and burned leaving a stratum of destruction which archaeologists love because there is usually a lot of material culture left,”

    1. Heather

      In mannerisms alone (the way the one on the left is cradling the face of the one on the right), it seems as if they are female (left) and male (right). Don’t quote me on that, though. The only degree I have is in Graphic Design. Therefore, I know nothing. 😛

  2. Carla

    Looking at the pelvis of the one on the right is a bit difficult from the angle it is at but it certainly looks like two males to me.

  3. Marie Smith

    They could have been identified as male and female because thats what people want to see. Thats what happens to gays in history sociology and even zoology all the time.

  4. Me

    If only we could all be so lucky as to spend eternity (or at least 2800 years) in the embrace of a loved one.

  5. Dyan

    Does it really matter what sex either of them were? Whether opposite to each other or same? It looks like love so celebrate it as love. If you don’t wanna do that then here is an alternative for you. The bin was not a grave or shelter. It was a murder site. The one laying on his back had just inflicted a fatal gut wound on the one slightly curled on his side. In self defense the second shoved first backwards. First was stunned by blow to head. In order to ensure death of first person, the second is (in a completely feral, you killed me so I’m gonna kill you rage) trying to rip first persons throat out while biting the lips and tongue out of his opponents face in order to cause maximum pain and damage. So tell me, are you still dead set against a last loving homosexual kiss? Cause I like the love theory better.

  6. Hayden

    Will you all just stop? Of course it’d be amazing and I would love it if this was a homosexual couple. But it’s alright if they’re female and male. And if they were kissing, that’s wonderful and so, so affectionate. These two could be family members, sure. But honestly, who cares? Even if one gutted the other out, the point it that this looks as if they’re kissing each other, thus symbolizing eternal love. Somebody found this one day and said, “Hey! This is awesome, so I’m going to show everyone this, because they deserve to see such a special part of history!” And all people ever do these days is argue and pick at every little detail on each other. So why can’t you just get along on here, and we can agree to disagree?

  7. Shannon

    According to “The Culture and Social Institutions of Ancient Iran”by Muhammad A. Dandamaev, Vladimir G. Lukonin, Philip L. Kohl and published by Cambridge University Press, the skeletons are male and female (female on the left). Archaeology magazine also identifies them as male and female with the additional information of their height (around 5 foot 2 inches each) ( Volume 61 Number 1, January/February 2008).


    They could of been murdered, and placed that way to make it seem as if they were gay, just saying.


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