I looked previously at the traditions of the source of Sumerian gold as in Gold of the
, particularly there with the confusion that has arose between Harali as the source of god and Arali in the vicinity of Uruk that was a
Dynastic burial site, and that led to the likes of Sitchin and Tellinger identifying South Africa as the site of Anunnaki gold mining, due to their
relating that place to the Underworld!
I was there however more interested in Arali near Uruk rather than the almost mythical land of Harali in Iran, so this thread is with regards to
identifying and considering that place. There are a number of references from Mesopotamain texts that make this not so difficult;
Iranian ore deposits and their role
in ancient culture development
So the site of Zarshuran is suggested to correlate to region of Harali, with that in mind i took a look at that region with regards to what the
Anunnaki might have been up to as they are mentioned as digging there in Atra Hasis;
In those days, in the days when heaven and earth were created; in those nights, in the nights when heaven and earth were created; in those years,
in the years when the fates were determined; when the Anuna gods were born; when the goddesses were taken in marriage; when the goddesses were
distributed in heaven and earth
The gods were digging the canals and piling up the silt in Ḫarali. The gods, crushing the clay, began complaining about this life.;
It's that connection that led to the Sitchin gold mining speculation as Ores from Harali, the faraway land
and May the land of Tukriš hand
over to you gold from Harali,
It is fortunate that a wonderful blog was created on the sites of interest around Zarshuran by i think an Iranian as otherwise the region is little
studied, he identifies all the ancient tumulii and sites in that area and studies the primary religious site of Takht-e Soleyman or Throne of Solomon
so named from the time of the Arabic conquest.
In the area between Takht-e Soleyman and city of Takab there are also number
of unexcavated sites some of which go back to about 4000 BC
Between Takht-e Soleyman and Takab, along the old road through Hampa village b.1 – pre-history mound – 3000BC, the mound is situated near the
village Baba Nazar, it has not been excavated, but from pieces of broken clay pottery laying around it has been estimated to belong to 3000 BC
Dash Ghize Ghapan (hill of gold stones), an hour’s walk from the village there are 30 steps cut in a rock face, leading to a structure that does not
exists any more.
So there are plenty of sites dating back as far as Sumerian times in the vicinity of Zarshuran albeit they have not been excavated, much of what is
seen at the sacred sites above ground dates back to the Sassanain period and Zoroastrianism which is still practised at the site as it is one of the
most sacred, but the archaeology traces back through all periods.
What most intrigues me about this place is the natural processes involved in creating the raised sacred lakes, were water pressure from belowforces
ever upwards and deposited sediment creates an ever rising mound around it, there is so much correlation there between traditions of the first
primeval mound rising from the waters as in Mesopotamian thought and Egyptian, in that context there could be first time association with such
For some geological reason out all of the lakes this lake with diameter of 70 meters produces a large outflow of water with sufficient pressure to
sustain water level at 100 meters, and the sediment from the over flow build the platform to height of 100 meters around the lake, at rate of perhaps
2 meters every 1000 years
It is in this strange geological setup of; 100 meter high lakes, thermal springs, that man settled at 4500 BC around current day Takht-e Soleyman,
and to the south between Takht-e Soleyman and city of Takab many unexcavated prehistoric settlements have been found that date back to 4500 BC
That then raises an interesting connection between Atra Hasis and the piling up of
silt by the Gods at Harali, it's a natural process of the region, and if channels are cut into the lake to feed water off the water level remains
constant no matter how many are dug, so it would have provided an excellent basis for irrigation.
The sites of course are in volcanic geological fault zone and it was for this reason the Zoroastrians identifed it as a primary Fire-Cult site.
After downfall of Sassanid’s in 670 and Muslim conquest of Iran, the Takht-e Soleyman temple appears to have continued to function and was still
respected when historian Abu dulaf visited the site in 1000 AD; he mentions that the fire in Takht-e Soleyman had been burning continuously for 700
years. After Sassanid’s Takht-e Soleyman temple complex lost much of its past grandeur, especially after it was damaged near the end of Sassanid era
by roman emperor Heraclius in 627 AD
So there we have it i think the mysterious land of Harali source of the Sumerian ores and place of the activities of the Anunnaki.
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