Category «Archeology»

New Mysteries of Ani, Ancient Armenian City

New Mysteries of Ani, Ancient Armenian City

Lately, Turkish archaeologists published their discoveries made near the ancient Armenian capital, Ani (now located in the Turkish Kars Province). They include an irrigation network and storm channels connected to a vast chain of belowground tunnels dug beneath Ani. The ancient, powerful Ani, the capital of the state of the Armenian Bagratuni dynasty, now stands …

6,100 Years Old Wine-Making Facility in Armenia

6,100 Years Old Wine-Making Facility in Armenia

A team of international archaeologists has discovered a wine press built for stomping grapes in the Areni cave in the south of Armenia. Among the artifacts, fermentation and storage vessels, drinking cups, withered grape vines, skins, and seeds have been unearthed as well. The construction of the press suggests that Copper Age winemakers used the …

Armenian Petroglyphs from 9,000-3,000 BC

Armenian Petroglyphs from 9,000-3,000 BC

Cave Writing from Lake Sevan. Before hieroglyphic writing was developed between 900 and 700 BC, the inhabitants of the Armenian Highlands expressed themselves by carving and painting on the rocks. These three pictograms were completed between the 8th and 4th millennia BC (from 9,000 to 3,000 BC). According to archaeologists, the drawings are associated with Neolithic …

Four thousand Years Old Stele Discovered in Western Armenia

4.000 Years Old Stele Discovered in Western Armenia

Probably not many understand why the Armenians have a certain ambiguous feeling every time they hear a report on a new archaeological discovery on the territory of Western Armenia, which is within modern Turkey today. And now, examining the 4-thousand-year old, two-meter-long stone stele with carvings on it, I feel as if right now, something …

Armenians 300-50 Thousand Years Ago – Paris Herouni

Armenians 300-50 Thousand Years Ago

The territory of the Armenian Highlands was one of the places of origin of Stone Age humans. The archaeological excavations carried out there, especially in the present-day Republic of Armenia, resulted in the discovery of many camps and settlements of the Stone Age populations with thousands of tools made of stones (obsidian, basalt), as well as …

The Ancient City-Fortress of Karkar – Artsakh

The Ancient City-Fortress of Karkar – Artsakh

In 2011, the Karkar ancient city-fortress was discovered on the left bank of the Karkar River near the village of Shosh, 2 kilometers east of Shushi, between Shushi and Stepanakert on the slope of a rocky mountain called “The Place of Kings”. Sargsyan specified that during the excavations in 2012, 6th-7th-century structures with cyclopean masonry …

The “Kingdom of Ararat-Urartu” Documentary – Dispelling the False Theories

The “Kingdom of Ararat-Urartu” Documentary

The theory of Diakonoff and Piotrovsky regarding the existence of a separate state of Urartu in the territory of modern Armenia can be now considered completely false. Artak Movsisyan’s documentary is just a tiny drop in the ocean of information confirming the identity of Armenia with Urartu. The false theory of Diakonoff and Piotrovsky was …

8000-Year Old Settlement Excavated at Aknashen

8000-Year Old Settlement Excavated at Akhashen

Armenian archaeologists unearthed an ancient, 8000-year old settlement near the Aknashen city in the Ararat Valley. It dates back at the beginning of the human civilization. “Prior to this period, everything known mostly relates to cave shelters and temporary dwellings. But here, we deal with a sedentary settlement, which is remarkable for its first attempts …

Origins of Artsakh Trace Back at the 7th Century BC

Origins of Artsakh Trace Back at the 7th Century BC

During excavations in Karmir Blur, archaeologists discovered 4 bronze wands. Those indicate that in the Iron Age, Armenians had 4 viceroys, one of which supervised Artsakh. The excavations showed that in the times of the Kingdom of Van, Armenia has been divided into provinces, each controlled by a “vice king”. The wands, those highest symbols …

Exceptionally Rare Armenian Coin

Exceptionally Rare Armenian Coin

This is a very rare Armenian coin because it is the earliest example of a coin with an inscription in Armenian. It was minted during the reign of King Kiurike I (979-989), the ruler of the Armenian kingdom of Tashir-Dzoraget. On the front, we see a bust of Jesus with a cross and an inscription, …

2nd-Century Symbolic Medallion discovered in Sisian

2nd-Century Symbolic Medallion discovered in Sisian

A silver medallion of the 2nd century BC discovered during excavations in Sisian of Syunik province in Armenia features an image of the “Golden Eagle” squeezing a wild cat, most likely a leopard. The symbol of the Golden Eagle was important in prehistoric motifs in the Armenian Highlands and was also a symbol of many …

The Mysterious Primeval Azokh Cave

The Mysterious Primeval Azokh Cave

The Azokh cave is a complex of six smaller caves located on the left bank of the Guruchay River between the villages of Azokh and Drakhtik in the Hadrut district of Artsakh. The cave rises almost 900 meters above sea level and 400 meters from the ground level. The Azokh cave shares its name with …