Anatolian Pair Of Silver Bracelets With Dragons' (perhaps boars'?) Heads | 1600 BCE - 1200 BCE. Urartu was a kingdom on the shores of Lake Van in what is now modern day Armenia. It rose to prominence in the 9th century B.C.E., and was powerful in Asia Minor until the neighboring Medes conquered in the 6th century BCE. At the height of its power, it extended its influence as far north as the Black Sea and as far south as Mesopotamia.