Category «Interesting»

Armenians in the NASA Mars Curiosity Mission

Armenians in the NASA Mars Curiosity Mission

14 Armenian scientists participated in the NASA Curiosity Martian rover project. Among them were the head of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Arbi Karapetian, electronics specialists Avo Demirjian, Vatche Vorperian, Alfred Hashaki, Felix Sargsian, Hrayr Anitablian, as well as specialists of landing control Karen Khanoian and Richard Ohanian. Apart from that, Serzh Zadurian and Vazrik …

The Armenian Name of the Milky Way Galaxy

The Armenian Name of the Milky Way Galaxy

Ancient Armenians were well-informed in astronomy. In fact, the oldest known observatories are located in Armenia. Karahunj dated to 4,200 BC and the observatory at Metsamor dated to 2,800 BC gave the ancient Armenians the opportunity to develop refined knowledge of geometry. This knowledge would allow the Armenians to measure distances, longitudes, latitudes, imagine the …

The Aranese Dialect and Ancient Armenians

The Aranese Dialect and Ancient Armenians

About 1,000 years ago, the whole population of southern France and northern Spain spoke the Aranese dialect, a variety of the Occitan language spoken in northwestern Catalonia. Catalan is a variety of the Occitan language as well. In 2010, the Aranese dialect was named the third official language of Catalonia. Today, the Aranese dialect belongs …

7 Marvelous Stones in Armenia

7 Marvelous Stones in Armenia

Stones are like people in some sense. Some of them stand shoulder to shoulder in masonry, their main feature being the absence of any individual features. Other stones are unique and even exceptional. One could long argue which is more important, but most will probably want to see something new and unique. Stone with the …

Map of the Caucasus by Christopher Weigel – 1720

Map of the Caucasus by Christopher Weigel – 1720

German printer and engraver Christopher Weigel portrayed the Armenian territory as a land between the Caspian and Black Seas. Armenia has been greatly heartened up by the emergence of a new generation of artists, lyricists, and songwriters led by the legendary Armenian musician and poet Sayat-Nova. British historian and author Christopher J. Walker writes in …

Mount Ara and Cave of Resurrection

Mount Ara and Cave of Resurrection

The representation of the Armenian Highlands as the region feeding Western Asia strengthened in early Chalcolithic when the trade relations between the Near Eastern states became more intense. The piece of territory that supplied Mesopotamia with not only water but also metals, woods, dyes, and building materials has become increasingly considered legendary. This belief was …

Ancient Petroglyphs of Armenia

Ancient Petroglyphs of Armenia

The multitude of rock carvings (also known as petroglyphs) discovered in Armenia testifies to the millennia-old history of the rock art in the region. In the Armenian Highlands, the petroglyphic art has developed since the Neolithic and has peaked in the Bronze Age. Apart from artistic purposes, rock carvings have been a communication means because …

Armenia in a 1710 Atlas

Armenia in a 1710 Atlas

In 1705-10, a renowned French cartographer, scientist, and writer Henri Chatelain in cooperation with Nicolas Gueudeville published a monumental work named “Atlas Historique, Ou Nouvelle Introduction A l’Histoire, à la Chronologie & à la Géographie Ancienne & Moderne” (“Historical atlas and new introduction to the history, chronology, ancient & modern geography”). Considered a brief geographic …

History of Armenia in Art

History of Armenia in Art

The history of each nation is somewhat reflected in its culture and art. But some nations’ history leaves its marks only within a country, while the history of others becomes deeply imprinted in the culture of other nations or even the whole world. For Armenians, it is definitely honoring that the map of their country …

Booze Traveler Jack Maxwell in Armenia – Documentary by Travel Channel

Booze Traveler Jack Maxwell in Armenia

In a quite informative and interesting film by the Travel Channel, a prestigious TV channel that operates internationally in 21 languages, booze traveler Jack Maxwell degusts Armenian beverages. Not every country can hold such a project, not to mention being featured in a documentary. “Although the excellent Armenian wine sparkles in the wine glasses, people …

Musical Instruments of the Armenian Highlands

Musical Instruments of the Armenian Highlands

Armenian people have created a multitude of musical instruments. A variety of tambourines and drums have been widely used throughout historical Armenia. The very first accounts of Armenian musical instruments come from ca. 3rd millennium BC. According to ancient manuscripts, several types of timpani have been used in rites dedicated to ancient Armenian goddess Anahit. …