In Mardin Province, Historical Armenia, mosaics of a church built in 396 were found
Mosaics found during illegal excavations in the Derik district of Mardin Province in Historical Armenia belong to a church built 1624 years ago. The area of the found mosaics has been declared a specially protected site, and official excavations have already begun here.
During the excavations, a church was discovered with mosaics portraying people and animals, geometric floral motifs, and 9-line carving in ancient Assyrian.
The inscription on the church shows that it was built in 396.
Mysterious ancient city in Van district
The mystery of the ruins of a historic city built based on a lattice plan, which is believed to be 2,600 years old, on the Zernaki Hill in Archesh, Van Province, Historical Armenia, seems to be revealed.
The city of 270 hectares is about 2.5 km long and 1.5 km wide. The city is estimated to have had a population of about 70,000.
Head of the Department of Archaeology of the University of Van, Professor Rafet Cavusoglu said:
“This is the first city planned in the eastern part of Historical Armenia. In this sense, this place is very important. During a similar exploration of the surface, ceramics from the period of the Kingdom of Van were discovered here.”