Category «Archeology»

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 …

Village of Ushi – Armenia

Village of Ushi – Armenia

Lately, archaeological groups from all around the globe have been working in Armenia. Although Polish, Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian, and many other research groups over the years have carried out a plethora of archaeological excavations, there still is a large number of uninvestigated corners. One of those places is the village of Ushi in Aragatsotn …

Medieval Wine Press Facility Discovered in Yeghegnadzor

Medieval Wine Press Facility Discovered in Yeghegnadzor

In the area adjacent to the number 1 school of the city of Yeghegnadzor, Vayots Dzor Province, Armenia, archaeologists recently discovered a medieval wine press facility. The responsible excavation was entrusted to Karen Azatyan, the director of the Geological Museum of Yeghegnadzor and a scientific employee of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the …

Symbols of Armenia – Video

Symbols of Armenia - Video

From the standpoint of archaeology, culture, and nature, Armenia is one of the wealthiest states in the world. The ancient culture of Armenia is literally filled with legends, tales, and symbols. We will cover some of those symbols below. “Nur” means pomegranate in Armenian. For Armenians, nur is not merely a plant. Like the apricot, …

Mount Ararat on Historical Armenian Coins

Mount Ararat on Historical Armenian Coins

In antiquity, as soon as an Armenian ruler acceded to the throne, he in the first place ordered the issuance of coins with his image. Given the limited communication opportunities of the antiquity, coins played a crucial role in the propaganda of the king’s victories and merits. But apart from the images of the kings, …

Unique Vishapakar Found in Goris

Unique Vishapakar Found in Goris

As a result of the efforts of an Armenian-German expeditionary group, a unique vishapakar (dragon-stone) was found in the vicinity of the city of Goris in Syunik Province, Armenia. While vishapakars are vivid examples of Armenian monuments, this particular vishapakar features a unique appearance. The director of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the …