Category «Antiquities»

The Ancient City-Fortress of Karkar – Artsakh

The Ancient City-Fortress of Karkar – Artsakh

In 2011, the Karkar ancient city-fortress was discovered on the left bank of the Karkar River near the village of Shosh, 2 kilometers east of Shushi, between Shushi and Stepanakert on the slope of a rocky mountain called “The Place of Kings”. Sargsyan specified that during the excavations in 2012, 6th-7th-century structures with cyclopean masonry …

The “Kingdom of Ararat-Urartu” Documentary – Dispelling the False Theories

The “Kingdom of Ararat-Urartu” Documentary

The theory of Diakonoff and Piotrovsky regarding the existence of a separate state of Urartu in the territory of modern Armenia can be now considered completely false. Artak Movsisyan’s documentary is just a tiny drop in the ocean of information confirming the identity of Armenia with Urartu. The false theory of Diakonoff and Piotrovsky was …

The Handaberd Fortress – Artsakh

The Handaberd Fortress - Artsakh

The Handaberd fortress (Հանդաբերդ) is located in the Shahumyan district of Artsakh near the village of Knaravan, 600 meters from the right bank of the Lev River. It is located on the top of a wooded and steep mountain at an altitude of 1665 m. The only approach to the fortress is a path that …

Claudius Ptolemy’s World Map

Claudius Ptolemy’s World Map

World map of Claudius Ptolemy (90-168), an astronomer, geographer, mathematician, and astrologer. Claudius Ptolemy was the author of the classical antique monograph Almagest, which was the result of the development of ancient celestial mechanics and contained an almost complete collection of astronomical knowledge of Greece and the Middle East of that time. He left a …

The Origins of the Jerusalem Cross

The Origins of the Jerusalem Cross

Arguably, the Jerusalem cross is the most recognizable symbol of Christianity. But nowhere in the world is this sign as significant or culture-rooted as it is in Armenia. Throughout Armenia, thousands of khachkars (cross-stones) decorate the mountainous terrain of the first Christian nation. They are a unique example of the Armenian art of spiritual expression. …

Indo-European Languages Originated in the Armenian Highlands

Indo-European Languages Originated in the Armenian Highlands

A couple-of-years-old study published in the “Science” magazine reveals the origins of the Indo-European language group, which apparently is the ancient Armenian Highlands. The so-called Anatolian theory of the ancestral home of the Indo-European language group was first proposed by Professor Colin Renfrew (now Baron Renfrew) in the late 1980s. It was gradually recognized but …

Armenian Symbols on Ancient Roman Coins

Armenian Symbols on Ancient Roman Coins

Recently, interesting ancient Roman coins with Armenian symbols and images of Armenians were discovered. It is quite exciting to see the images of Armenian symbols on ancient coins of other states. Currently, there are only Roman coins that have been discovered. Perhaps, one of the upcoming articles will provide examples of images of Armenian symbols …

The Petroglyphs of Armenia (Video)

The Petroglyphs of Armenia (Video)

Today, the territories of Armenia and Asia Minor are theorized to have been the homeland of the oldest astronomical knowledge. Outstanding historians of astronomy came to the conclusion that people who divided the sky into constellations lived between 36° and 42° north latitude. According to English astronomer Olcott, people who invented the ancient figures of …

Ancient Architectural Miracles of Armenia

Ancient Architectural Miracles of Armenia

Some consider Armenia a museum in the open air due to the country’s rich culture, architecture, and sights. Monasteries and temples are an integral part of its culture. There are more than 2,000 churches on the territory of the modern Republic of Armenia. Unfortunately, some of them are partially destroyed or left to their own …

Mashtots Hayrapet Church – Garni, Armenia

Mashtots Hayrapet Church – Garni, Armenia

Mashtots Hayrapet church (Մաշտոց Հայրապետ եկեղեցի) was built of a red tuff on the site of a pagan shrine located in the village of Garni, Kotayk Province, in the 12th century. To the right of the entrance is a stone with carved images of birds, which is inextricably linked to the past pagan sanctuary standing …

The Karmiravan Monastery – Artsakh – Armenia

The Karmiravan Monastery – Artsakh - Armenia

Historical monuments of Artsakh testify to the presence of early Christians in this region of Armenia. Those are the remains of monastic buildings in the now deserted forest areas. One of them is the forest monastery of Karmiravan (Կարմիրավան) located near the town of Vaghuhas (Վաղուհաս) in the Martakert Region (Մարտակերտի շրջան). It was founded …