Category «Antiquities»

Armenian Highlands – Prehistoric Era

Armenian Highlands – Prehistoric Era

Traces of ancient human habitation were found in various regions of the Armenian Highlands. In Arzni and Nurnu, temporary settlements from the Neolithic era with stone tools were found. Additionally, dwelling caves were discovered in the Hrazdan Gorge and Lusakert. The oldest discovered stone tools are 800 thousand years old. Numerous rock paintings with hunting …

From Ancient Warehouses Of The Kingdom Of Van To Lake Parvana – Archeology Of Historical Armenia

From Ancient Warehouses Of The Kingdom Of Van

2750 years old Ayanis Fortress Excavations continue in the 2750-year-old Ayanis Fortress (Chavushtepe). The fortress was built by ruler of the Kingdom of Van Sarduri II in the province of Van, Historical Armenia. During the excavations, important artifacts have been discovered. Among them, a granary that had played an important role in the period of …

The Armenian Churches Of Van Are Being Destroyed Day After Day

The Armenian Churches Of Van

The Turkish website “Gazeteduvar” mentioned several Armenian churches in Van province that were destroyed by thieves and abandoned. “Gazeteduvar” wrote: “St. Bartholomew, one of the Armenian churches in Van and a structure considered a center of spiritual tourism, has long waited for restoration. But so far, no steps have been taken, and the church continues …

The Vanishing Armenian Heritage In Van

The Vanishing Armenian Heritage In Van

In the Hayots Dzor (Gürpınar) district of the city of Van, the Armenian monastic complex Hogyats or Hogvots (Ter Mariam) is almost wiped off the face of the earth. According to a legend, the graves of Armenian King Trdat and his wife are located on the territory of the monastery complex. In the 4th century, …

Parandzem – Brave Queen Of Armenia

Parandzem – Brave Queen Of Armenia

Parandzem (4th century) was the wife of King Arshak II and mother of King Pap. She was the daughter of the influential Syunik prince Andovk from the ancient Armenian family of Syuni whose possessions were second only to the King’s in size. Andovk is known for his struggle against the Persian invaders. With the joint …

Ancient Figurine Of The Armenian Forest Bull

Ancient Figurine Of The Armenian Forest Bull

If it were not for this 3000-year-old ancient figurine from the times of the Kingdom of Van, we would have never known what an Armenian forest bull looked like. The discovered 10 thousand years old bones prove that the basin of Lake Sevan used to be a dense forest, allowing these wonderful animals to freely …

Horse Archers Of The Armenian Army

Horse Archers Of The Armenian Army

Horse archers were the best units of the army of Greater Armenia. In 336-337, the Armenian army led by King Khosrov II Kotak defeated the Huns and other allied nomadic tribes who invaded Greater Armenia. 4th century, archer of the Armenian Army, reproduction by P. Glodek Gevork Nazaryan

Women’s Units Of The Armenian Army

Women's Units Of The Armenian Army

According to medieval Armenian historians, the Armenian army had units made up of female shooters who were experienced archers and snipers. One famous episode connected to Armenian female units dates to the 12th century. It is the story of Haytsemnik Anetsi, the commander of a detachment of Armenian women archers. Haytsemnik died in 1124 during …

We Are The Descendants Of Archer Hayk Nahapet

We Are The Descendants Of Archer Hayk Nahapet

This is the best (if not the main) symbol that the Armed Forces of Armenia should have. The arrow and bow since ancient times have symbolized the Armenian army and its founder Archer Hayk Nahapet. The eagle has symbolized the Armenian freedom-loving spirit of Haykazuni. Unfortunately, we do not study our symbols properly, and those …

Armenia – The Legend of Existence – The Shengavit Karas

Ceramics, ritual hearths, zoomorphic and anthropomorphic clay sculptures, as well as black-glazed vessels with depressed grooved ornaments are the main monuments of the so-called Shengavit culture (Shengavit, where a 4th-2nd-millennium BC settlement was discovered, is today within Yerevan). The drawings composed of depressed grooves with uneven width and depth on the ceramics haven’t been deciphered. …

Armenia in the Center of the World – Map of Herodotus

Armenia in the Center of the World

The world according to Herodotus, 5th century BC – Armenia has a central position among the countries that existed at that time. Edited by Charles Muller, published in the Smith’s atlas, British Museum, London, 1874. Հայաստանը՝ աշխարհի կենտրոնում. մ.թ.ա. 5-րդ դար, ըստ հույն պատմաբան Հերոդոտոսի կազմված քարտեզի: Географическая карта мира по Геродоту, V век до …

Castles And Fortresses Of Armenia

Castles And Fortresses Of Armenia

In world history, at all times and in all wars, a country’s geographic location has played an exceptional and decisive role in the conduct of military operations. In this regard, the Armenian Highlands had a strategically special significance. Due to its physical and geographical conditions, Armenia has always resembled a giant natural fortress that dominated …

Ancient Artifacts Found In Baberd Fortress

Ancient Artifacts Found In Baberd Fortress

The first stage of renovation and archaeological excavations that began 3 years ago in the Baberd (Bayburt) fortress, the third largest fortress in Historical Armenia, is complete. During the excavations, many historical objects and artifacts were unearthed. The Baberd Fortress is located at the most important crossroads of the historic Silk Road and is the …