Category «Interesting»

Torgom And Mesrayim – Origins

Torgom And Mesrayim – Origins

Having learned about the death of Aram, the titan Mesrayim gathered a large army and moved to the border of Ararat. The bad news reached Torgom. He met Mesrayim with a small detachment on the border separating Ararat and the Kingdom of Darkness. And Torgom said to Mesrayim: “King of the Titans, why are you …

Ancient Statuette of Unknown Material

Ancient Statuette of Unknown Material

In ancient times, the Sumerians and Egyptians believed that science and wisdom had come to them from the Armenian Highlands. The mysteries faced by historians, who conduct their own research in Armenia, are sometimes unresolvable even with the help of modern technologies. So, back in the seventies of the last century, archeologists discovered a statuette …

An Ancient Irrigation Canal in Urartu

An Ancient Irrigation Canal in Urartu

At the end of the 9th century BC, a 72-kilometer irrigation canal was built in the Ararat Kingdom (Urartu), which was quite complicated for its time. Moreover, this 4.5-meter wide and 1.5-meter deep canal is so well-built that it still supplies water to the area of Van. Urartian kings could have watched Van from the …

Unusual Map of Asia in The Form of Pegasus

Unusual Map of Asia in The Form of Pegasus

Map of Asia in the form of Pegasus (Heinrich Bünting, 1581) Below is an unusual version of the map of Asia in the form of mythical winged stallion Pegasus. He is depicted quite realistically, and a fair amount of imagination is necessary to view the map. Pegasus’ head is Asia Minor with Armenia on the …

Mysterious Artifact from the Border of China

In 1892, not far from Pishpek (modern Bishkek), Russian explorer Nikolai Pantusov discovered a medieval Christian cemetery with thousands of stone steles, tombstones, and monuments. The find itself wasn’t so surprising. Starting from ancient times, the inhabitants of the vast territories of Central Asia have professed Christianity. The strangest artifact was a stone or, as …

Lev Tolstoy Was Buried by Armenians

Lev Tolstoy Was Buried by Armenians

A report of the chief of the security department of St. Petersburg polkovnik (colonel) von Cotten to the Minister of the Internal Affairs of the Russian Empire states: “In addition to the reports of November 8, I inform Your Excellency about the unrest among young students on November 9… on the occasion of the burial …

Basques try to prove their Armenian origin

Basques try to prove their Armenian origin

In the city of Irun in the north of the Basque country in Spain, a public group was established to study the ethnogenesis of the Basques based on Armenian sources through the efforts of local specialists. It is noteworthy that many scientists of Basque origin confidently declare their relation to Armenians. In particular, such debates …

The Armenian Language, the Base of Indo-European Languages

Already in the 19th century, when the field of Indo-European studies occurred, many scientists were convinced that the Armenian Upland was the cradle of the Indo-Europeans and that the Armenian language is the “mother” of all Indo-European languages. Modern researches in the field of archeology, linguistics, genetics, and molecular biology are increasingly supporting that hypothesis. …

Norşuntepe, a 4000-3000 BC Settlement

Norşuntepe (Turkish: Norşun hill) is located in Eastern Turkey near the upper reaches of the Euphrates river in 25 km from the city of Elazığ. The name of the hill has been probably derived from Armenian name Նոր Սյուն (Nor Syun, New Obelisk).

Norşuntepe (Turkish: Norşun hill) is located in Western Armenia near the upper reaches of the Euphrates river in 25 km from the city of Elazığ. The name of the hill has been probably derived from Armenian name Նոր Սյուն (Nor Syun, New Obelisk). Traces of the ancient settlement were discovered during archaeological excavations conducted by …

The First Bookstore in the World

The First Bookstore in the World

The first bookshop in the world was started in Rome in the 1st century BC by an Armenian named Tiran. According to Roman records, a Roman general and statesman Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix was able to collect more than 30,000 books with assistance of Tiran. The Roman book trade network was quite developed and covered …

The Map of Lake Van

The Map of Lake Van

Yeremia Kyomurtchyan’s map of lake Van drawn in 1691 in Constantinople represents the lake and its four islands – Ktuts, Lim, Akhtamar, and Arter. Main churches and shrines of each island are marked on the map as well, supplemented with their brief descriptions, which have been written in a way similar to the one of …

Fermented Milk Product “Narine”

The fermented milk product “Narine” was invented in 1964 by meritorious inventor of the Armenian SSR, professor Levon Erznkyan, and his wife Parandzem Sarukhanyan, Doctor of Biological Sciences. The idea of the product’s creation arose after the birth of their granddaughter Narine. Since scientists studied acidophilic bacteria, they took the girl’s meconium (earliest stool of …

Rare Mosaics of the Times of King Abgar V

Rare Mosaics of the Times of King Abgar V

Rare ancient mosaics, dated supposedly at the 1st century BC, have been discovered in the province of Şanlıurfa (the former Armenian city of Urfa) in southeastern Turkey. Archaeologists have unearthed five mosaics of the time of the Armenian king Abgar V, who was a king of Armenian Mesopotamia (4 BC – 7 AD) and the …

Tombs of Teishebaini, Armenia

Tombs of Teishebaini, Armenia

Teishebaini (modern Karmir Blur (Armenian: Կարմիր Բլուր, English: Red Hill), referring more to the hill that the fortress is located upon) was the capital of the Transcaucasian provinces of the ancient kingdom of Urartu. It is located near the modern city of Yerevan in Armenia. The site was once a fortress and governmental centre with …

The Avedis Zildjian, One of the Oldest Companies

At the very beginning of the 17th century, an alchemist named Avedis created a special alloy of metals that produced noises, which were then not only used in creation of excellent music, but, for example, frightened enemies in battles. The Ottoman Sultan Osman II christened Avedis the surname “Zildjian” (from the Turkish word zil – …

Mysterious Disappearance of Serkisof Demiryolu’s Founder

Mysterious Disappearance of Serkisof Demiryolu’s Founder

Watches of Turkish watch manufacturer Serkisof Demiryolu were quite popular in the Ottoman Empire between the end of 19th century and the beginning of 20th century. The founder of the company was Armenian-Turkish jeweler Serkisof (Armenian: Սարգիսով), who established Serkisof Demiryolu in 1880. Customers of his company were high-ranked officials and statesmen of the Ottoman …

2 Million Years Old Monument In Armenia

2 Million Years Old Monument In Armenia

A monument of ancient culture has been discovered during an expedition of youth movement “Trans-Baikal Geoarchaeology” of Russian Geographical Society. Near town of Stepanavan, Lori province, Armenia, archaeologists have discovered a structure of approximately 2 million years of age. The find has been named Yagdan (Russian: Ягдан). It resembles archaic tools and weapons such as …