Category «Interesting»

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. …

Ancient Town Discovered at the Bottom of Lake Sevan

Ancient Town Discovered at the Bottom of Lake Sevan

Archaeologists discovered the ruins of an ancient settlement at the bottom of Lake Sevan in Armenia. Experts think that it has been submerged underwater for thousands of years. According to the researchers, the underwater city contained “stone carved art, some kind of writing, burial places, and even large ‘concrete-like’ slabs that resemble streets.” At the …

Armenian Highland – Anthropological Data

Armenian Highland - Anthropological Data

Russian anthropologist V.V.Bounyak in his book ”Grania Annenica”· (Annenian Granium, P.H.) 1927, wrote: “Armenoid type (race) is known from the most early time and has wide dispersal in all regions of Mesopotamia, beginning from its South part up to source of Tigris and Euphrates, and further until West end of Anatolian peninsula, from the one …

The Influence of Ancient Armenians on Early Civilizations

The Influence of Ancient Armenians on Early Civilizations

A professor at Columbia University Boris Moisheson in his 2001 book “Armenoids in Prehistory” in detail describes the Armenians of the ancient world, as well as their influence on the earliest civilizations. He also mentions that the Old Testament tells a story of a branch of Armenians. Besides, he writes that the Armenoid people mastered …

Ancient Star Maps Come from the Armenian Highlands

Ancient Star Maps Come from the Armenian Highlands

Several scholars (W. Alcott, Camille Flammarion, and others) argue that some part of modern astronomical knowledge, for example, the division of the celestial sphere into constellations, comes from a territory mostly occupied by the Armenian Highlands. From this point of view, rock astronomical paintings of the 8th-1st millennia BC discovered in Armenia are of significant …

King Hayk’s Calendar – Ancient Armenia

King Hayk's Calendar - Ancient Armenia

Much more information is known about Armenian next old fixed calendar, called “Hayots Boun Tomar” (HBT) – Armenian Basic Calendar (ABC) started in 2492 BC by order of Armenian King Hayk (about 24932444 BC, P.H.), who had the title “Kesar”, Le. “Half AR”, “Half Sun”, “Half God”, because Armenian King was in the same time …

The Armenian-Torq Angegh, Basque-Torq, Tocharian-Torqu, Sumerian-Tor

The Armenian-Torq Angegh, Basque-Torq, Tocharian-Torqu, Sumerian-Tor

In Armenian, “tor” has two meanings – grandchild (with “torq” being the plural form), and rain. In Artsakh dialect, “tora kyalis (galis)” means “it is raining”. Interestingly, “tu(o)r” in Sumerian also means “rain”. The cuneiform symbol for “tor (tur)” is used to denote either its syllabic usage or the sign’s Sumerograms. It is used in …

The Great Flood Before Bible – The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Great Flood Before Bible – The Epic of Giglamesh

Being of Armenic or Armenid extraction, the Sumerians created one of the very first centers of civilization in the lower regions of Mesopotamia. Many scholars accept that Sumerians initially inhabited the Armenian Highlands before gradually descending first to Northern Mesopotamia and then further south. During their migration, Sumerians established cities of Ur (excavated by Sir …