Monthly archives: April, 2020

4,000 Years Old Olive Seeds Discovered In Cilicia

4,000 Years Old Olive

During excavations at the Oylum Höyük archaeological site in Cilicia (now Turkey), archaeologists discovered 4,000 years old olive seeds. Researchers are now trying to determine whether the genetic material of these seeds is similar to that of the seeds currently grown in the region. Apart from the olive seeds, basalt gravel rocks that had been …

Archaeological Finds From Historical Armenia

Archaeological Finds From Historical Armenia

50 million years old nummulite The find pictured below is estimated to be 50 million years old. Found in the Sgert district of Historical Armenia, this sample belongs to the marine unicellular organism nummulite. Now, the nummulite sample is kept at the Zoological Museum in Tigranakert. Since the territory of Sgert used to be covered …

Thapsaachi Haya – The Sacred Rock Of The Khakas People

Thapsaachi Haya

Tapsaachi haya (“Talking rock”) is a sacred ancestral location for the Khakas people, as well as an entire complex of mythology, culture, and history. It was a place of spiritual and sacred attraction for many people living nearby. Mountain sacrifices were made there as well. At the sacrificial ceremonies, Khakas would ask for protection against …

Soviet Russia Supported The Criminal Mustafa Kemal

Soviet Russia Supported

On April 11, 1920, a little over a century ago, Mustafa Kemal was declared a criminal. On May 11, the Turkish military court sentenced him to death – an order which was approved by the Sultan on May 24. Mustafa Kemal was put on the wanted list. Factually, the founder of modern Turkey Mustafa Kemal …

The Van Monastery Of The Seven Churches Now Endangered

The Van Monastery

The monastery of the Seven Churches, one of the most important historical monuments of Van in Historical Armenia, is currently endangered. The dome of the destroyed monastery collapsed in 2011 from an earthquake. And now, locals frequently use the stones of the monastery as building materials. Tourists often get shocked when comparing old photographs of …

Mary Anna Østergaard In The History Of The Armenian Genocide

Mary Anna Østergaard

The collection of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute was replenished with recently discovered extremely valuable exhibits that were presented to the organization by Sargis Keshishoghlyan who lives in Greece. The donated items (photos, personal books, and other items) belonged to Danish missionary Mary Anna Østergaard who has since 1927 worked in Greece, helping to settle and …

Piero Marrazzo On The Armenian Genocide Through The Fate Of Aznavour, Arslan, And Many Others

Piero Marrazzo On The Armenian Genocide

Italian journalist and author of the documentary “Children of Ararat” Piero Marrazzo recently gave an interview to Cinema Italiano. Note that “Children of Ararat” was endorsed by Rai Italia. It was released in 2016 and was presented at the Sudestival film festival in the Italian region of Apulia. In the interview, Marrazzo talked about genocide …

Armenian Scientists In The Byzantine Empire

The university in the Magnaura Palace in Constantinople reopened in the 9th century has been a remarkable phenomenon in the scientific life of Byzantium. The patron of the university was Vard Mamikonyan, brother of queen Irina. Byzantine Emperor Michael III (of Armenian descent) has appointed Vard the head of the Byzantine government. As historian Theophanes …

A Letter From Artavazd V To The Persian Shah

A Letter From Artavazd V

In 252, Shapur I (the son and successor of the founder of the Sasanian state Ardashir I) invaded Armenia and enthroned pro-Persian Nakharar Artavazd Mandakuni (reigned in 252-262). He was the fifth and last Artavazd on the Armenian throne and bore the title “King of Great Armenians” (“Թագավոր Հայոց մեծաց”). Although made a king by …

The Rock Paintings Of Mount Tsghuk – Armenia

The Rock Paintings Of Mount Tsghuk

On Mount Tsghuk (3582 m), the highest peak on the border of Syunik and Artsakh, an Armenian-English group of archeologists and art historians have discovered more than 1000 cave paintings, the largest group of cave paintings found so far in Armenia. Anna Khechoyan, the head of the Armenian team and researcher at the Institute of …