Category «Archeology»

The riddle of Metsamor

The riddle of Metsamor

Metsamor is one of the more impressive prehistoric monuments in Armenia, but it is one that I found it rather difficult to get to grips with. It lies 20 miles west of Yerevan and is today best known by most Armenians as the site of their controversial atomic power station – built 1980 but still …

Ancient settlement Shengavit – Archaeological site in modern Yerevan

Ancient settlement Shengavit - Archaeological site in modern Yerevan

The Shengavit Settlement (Armenian: Շենգավիթ հնավայր, Shengavit’ hənavayr) is an archaeological site in present-day Yerevan, Armenia located on a hill south-east of Yerevan Lake. It was inhabited during a series of settlement phases from approximately 3200 BC cal to 2500 BC cal in the Kura Araxes (Shengavitian) Period of the Early Bronze Age and irregularly …

Was Iron Age Armenia Haunted By A Plague?

Was Iron Age Armenia Haunted By A Plague?

In a 2015 publication, researchers did an analysis of teeth from the remains of 101 individuals that were collected from a variety of museums and archaeological excavations.  They found DNA of the bacterium that causes plague, called Yersinia pestis, in seven of these people. The earliest sample that had plague DNA was from Bronze Age …

Explore an Ancient Cave City in Armenia

Explore an Ancient Cave City in Armenia

Residents lived in Old Khndzoresk up until the 1950s In a rural corner of southeastern Armenia, livestock walk in and out of rooms carved into the cliffside, grazing among the ancient rock-hewn homes of Old Khndzoresk, a multi-level village built into the volcanic rocks. Archaeological evidence suggests habitation of the excavated caves goes back over a …

Archaeological news from Armenia

Archaeological news from Armenia

Tombs of Hellenistic period discovered in Artsakh A group of tombs dated between I-II B.C. has been found during the agricultural works carried out in “Khachin Tap” area of Artsakh’s Askeran region.  As the Artsakh Republic “Protection Service for Historical Environment” NCSO reports, during the excavation works held on August 24-25, led by archeologist Vardges …

The Bronze Age of Armenia – Solar System Model

The Bronze Age of Armenia - Solar System Model

Archaeologists discovered the unique bronze model of the Solar system dated back 12-11th centuries BC in Sevan basin Armenia, in the 1950s. This is one of the oldest geocentric Solar system models preserved till nowadays. One can find a diverse range of rock inscriptions and drawings of celestial bodies and stars all over the territory of Armenia. Astronomical …

Urartu-Era Artifacts Discovered in Yerevan

Urartu-Era Artifacts Discovered in Yerevan

Artifacts dating back to the Urartu period were discovered near the Erebuni historical-archeological reserve museum in Yerevan’s Karmir-Blur neighborhood. Pottery fragments were discovered during the construction of the Argavand-Shirak section of the western circular road. Construction was immediately halted, and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport granted permission for urgent excavations. Fragments of …

Australian mathematician discovers applied geometry engraved on 3,700-year-old tablet

Australian mathematician discovers applied geometry engraved on 3,700-year-old tablet

Old Babylonian tablet likely used for surveying uses Pythagorean triples at least 1,000 years before Pythagoras An Australian mathematician has discovered what may be the oldest known example of applied geometry, on a 3,700-year-old Babylonian clay tablet. Known as Si.427, the tablet bears a field plan measuring the boundaries of some land. The tablet dates …