Category «Archeology»

Tens of Thousands of Grottoes and Caves in Armenia

Tens of Thousands of Grottoes and Caves in Armenia

Many wonders are concealed within the rock formations of Armenia. Speleologists have thoroughly examined separate cave structures, but there is undoubtedly more large-scale research ahead to do. Only in the territory of modern Armenia, the number of rock formations – canopies, niches, grottoes, and caves – varies between 10-15 thousand. And in the initial period …

Artik, Armenia – Cultural Chronology of Bronze Age

Artik, Armenia – Cultural Chronology of Bronze Age

Among the Armenian settlements that could shed some light on the chronology of the Bronze Age culture of ancient populations of the Armenian Highlands is Artik, a no less important site than Lchashen. One could draw many parallels between the archaeological finds in Artik and Lchashen. The bronze tools and weaponry discovered in Artik are …

Geghard – The Monastery of Spear, Armenia

Geghard – The Monastery of Spear, Armenia

Geghard Monastery (Armenian: Գեղարդ, meaning “spear”) is a remarkable architectural site situated in Kotayk Province of Armenia. A significant share of its uniqueness lies in the fact that it has been partially carved out of the adjacent mountain. No surprise that the monastery is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery has been …

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”). …