Early 2nd-Century Aqueduct Discovered Near Artashat

As ArmInfo reports, in Armenia, archaeologists have discovered the remains of an aqueduct that supplied water to the ancient city of Artashat (Artaxata). According to experts, the aqueduct’s masonry and foundation date back to the 2nd century AD (ca. 114-117).

The aqueduct was found near the ancient monastery of Khor Virap. The study of the aqueduct is expected to give new insight into the water supply system of one of the capitals of Greater Armenia, thinks academician Pavel Avetisyan.

In addition to the aqueduct, scientists also intend to study the large palace complex that was discovered in the number 13 area of the hill.

Specialists conducted a geomagnetic test, which showed that there is a foundation along with fragments of previously unknown buildings underground. But before proceeding with excavations, archaeologists must first agree with the owners of the territory where the historical building is located.

Artashat was the capital of the Armenian Kingdom between 190 and 176 BC. Plutarch wrote that this city was founded on the advice of Hannibal:

“The Carthaginian Hannibal, after Antiochus finally lost the war with the Romans, went to the court of Artaxias of Armenia, to whom he gave a lot of useful advice and guidance.

He noticed a place extremely well located and beautiful but lying in desolation. Having made preliminary sketches for the future city, he called Artaxias, showed him this area, and convinced him to build it up.”

The Romans called Artashat “the Armenian Carthage”. It was the capital until of Armenia until 120 AD.

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