Category «Archeology»

The Mysterious Star-Stones of Artsakh

The Mysterious Star-Stones of Artsakh

Artsakh is a highly mountainous region, as many people probably know. The Soviet-era toponym of the region – Nagorno-Karabakh – even contains the Russian word for “mountainous”, “nagorno”. Artsakh holds heaven-reaching mountains and unexplored caves housing many secrets to human evolution, not to mention unique archaeological sights. Another kind of artifact from Artsakh, though not …

Cuneiform Description of Noah’s Ark from Armenia

Cuneiform Description of Noah’s Ark from Armenia

Noah’s Ark hasn’t been an invincible ship of a giant size, as it is typically considered, but merely a large ship. British scholar Irving Finkel came to this conclusion after discovering a cuneiform plate made by the person who is usually referred to as the Biblical Noah. This 3,700 years old cuneiform document was found …

Mysteries of Karmir Blur – Yerevan, Armenia

Mysteries of Karmir Blur – Yerevan, Armenia

In order to unload the traffic of Yerevan, the City Hall initiated the construction of a highway in the territory of the Karmir Blur hill, a significant archaeological site. However, specialists were tasked to investigate the site prior to the commencement of the construction of the highway. Archaeological excavations that commenced in August 2013 allowed …

Petroglyphs of the Armenian Highlands – Mysteries Diving Deep into Millennia

Petroglyphs of the Armenian Highlands

Petroglyphs (rock carvings) are carved-out images of animals, hunting scenes, symbols, rites, mythical characters, and many other concepts, objects, and phenomena. Rock carvings are found in large quantities on the vast territory stretching from the Aegean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. The largest “gallery” that expands tens of kilometers is located in the Gegham and …

Armenian Monuments in Western Armenia (Video)

Armenian Monuments in Western Armenia

French Foundation for the Research of Armenian Monuments presents video evidence of the factual condition of Armenian monuments in Western Armenia after 1915. The territory of Western Armenia is currently occupied by Turkey. Western Armenia is the western region of historical Armenia. After the loss of its sovereignty, Armenia was controlled by the Byzantine Empire, …

Jar-Burial Found in Tigranakert of Artsakh

Jar-Burial Found in Tigranakert of Artsakh

During archaeological excavations along the northern walls of vof Artsakh, Armenian archaeologists discovered a jar-burial site, said the head of the expeditionary group Hamlet Petrosyan in an interview with the correspondent of NEWS.am. The excavations were conducted under the direction of the dean of the history faculty at the Stepanakert State University Professor Vardges Safaryan. …

The City of Dvin – Ancient Armenia

The City of Dvin – Ancient Armenia

The ancient city of Dvin has been one of the oldest Armenian settlements, as well as an antique capital of Armenia. Dvin’s history traces back to as far as the 3rd millennium BC. The territory of this antique settlement is of most interest in terms of archaeology. During 1958 excavations, Late Bronze and Early Iron …

Arshakuni Tomb in Aghdzk – Battle for the Relics

Arshakuni Tomb in Aghdzk – Battle for the Relics

30 kilometers from Armenia in the territory of the village of Aghdzk lies the family tomb of Arshakunis, the last royal dynasty of the Armenian Kingdom. Acceding to the throne in the 1st century, this dynasty reigned over the country for almost 4 centuries. Arshakunis didn’t achieve the power and might of their predecessors. However, …

Tsitsernakaberd – Swallow-Messengers of Goddess Astghik

Tsitsernakaberd – Swallow-Messengers of Goddess Astghik

In terms of archaeology, the site of Tsitsernakaberd, the Armenian Genocide memorial complex located in Yerevan, is rather remarkable. During the construction of the memorial complex in the 1960s, workers discovered Bronze Age clay vessels there. Further investigations revealed that the territory of Tsitsernakaberd had housed an Iron Age fortress named Tsitsernaki Berd (“swallow’s fortress”). …

Massive Burial Site in Karashamb – Armenia

Massive Burial Site in Karashamb – Armenia

Back in November 2017, Armenian archaeologists discovered massive burial grounds with more than 700 tombs in the vicinity of the Karashamb village in Kotayk Province, Armenia. Those burial grounds have been used between the 2nd millennium BC and the 7th century BC. Initially, this site had been found in 1980, but the discovery of a …

Artifacts of the Armenian Highlands

Artifacts of the Armenian Highlands

Traces of antique populations have been found throughout the Armenian Highlands. At sites such as Arzni and Nurnus, archaeologists discovered numerous stone instruments.  Additionally, cave-settlements were found in Lusakert, the Hrazdan Gorge, and many other locations. The gamut of ancient artifacts of the Highlands is truly massive. The oldest stone instruments discovered are 800,000 years …

Recent Archaeological Excavations in Artsakh

Recent Archaeological Excavations in Artsakh

One of the fields of activity of the State Service for the Protection of Historical Environment under the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Artsakh is conducting archaeological excavations at the sites of preserved settlements. Since 2005, large-scale excavations have been carried out in the territory of ancient Tigranakert of Arstakh. Earlier, scientists conducted …