Category «Archeology»

Woolly Mammoths Have Lived in the Armenian Highlands

Woolly Mammoths

An interview with Yevgeny Mashchenko, Senior Researcher at the Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Yevgeny Nikolayevich, what is the reason for the interest of paleontologists in Armenia and our entire region? “Armenia is a part of the Asia Minor region and therefore is of particular importance in the study of zoogeography and …

Ancient Prints with Armenian-Assyrian Inscriptions Found at the Bottom of the Issyk-Kul lake

Ancient Prints with Armenian-Assyrian Inscriptions

The participants of the International Historical and Archeological Expedition to Lake Issyk-Kul – among whom were specialists from Tomsk State University – found a settlement aged 2500 years at the bottom of its reservoir in 2015. Tomsk submariners for the second year participated in underwater excavations within the scope of the long-term expedition to the …

The Mysterious Inscription of the Newton Stone

The Mysterious Inscription of the Newton Stone

The Newton Stone was discovered in 1804 in the Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The height of the stone is 2.03 meters. The stone has an inscription in an unknown language, with some letters strongly resembling Armenian. One of the recognizable symbols on the stone is a swastika. Nearby the Newton Stone lies another stone with the image …

The Mystery of Stone Spheres Discovered in Artsakh

The Mystery of Stone Spheres

Strange stones were discovered in Artsakh recently. The Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic Sergey Shahverdyan was the one to report about the unusual find. In a small area, dozens of carefully processed stones were scattered. Experts do not yet know what those stones could be. Neither their purpose nor their age has been …

A Dragon-stone on Mount Aragats

A Dragon-stone on Mount Aragats

A cooperative expedition consisting of specialists from Armenia, Germany, and Italy discovered an ancient dragon-stone (Vishapakar) in the ancient city of Tirinkatar – a Bronze Age metallurgic site – at an altitude of 3.000 meters. Vishapakaras – “dragon-stones” – are characteristic menhirs found in large numbers in Armenia. Usually, they are shaped like cigars and …

An Amazingly Mysterious Fortress from the Kingdom of Van

An Amazingly Mysterious Fortress

The fortress Chaush Tepe lying in the vicinity of Lake Van in modern Turkey is currently being investigated by archaeologists. The fortress is built from virtually perfect stone blocks going down into the earth. Archaeologists haven’t yet reached the base of the fortress. However, the small area that they have already unearthed amazed many researchers. …

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 …