After studying Armenian petroglyphs, a group of German scholars suggested to recognize them as a world cultural value and have them listed by UNESCO in 2013. Scholars promised to support Armenia in this case, said Armenologist Hamlet Martirosyan. He also informed that there are some corrections to be made in the studies prior to addressing UNESCO.
“The new data shows that the petroglyphs in the Syunik region were created 14-15,000 years ago, meaning that they belong to the Stone Age. Studies conducted in the 1970s show that those petroglyphs were created in the Bronze Age. In addition, the researchers of the past didn’t consider the petroglyphs writing, but now, there are grounds for considering them as such. If these two corrections are made in the current studies, there will be answers to many historical questions, particularly the questions related to the origin of mankind and the specific location where that took place,” added Martirosyan.
He also said that the few monographs and studies about the Armenian petroglyphs are in Armenian exclusively. It could be said that the world knew nothing about the petroglyphs before 2010. Depending on the steps Armenian cultural structures and organizations take, the world will someday be able to decipher what’s hidden in the Armenian petroglyphs.
Armenian petroglyphs are only a fracture of the wealth of cultural artifacts discovered in historical Armenia. Unfortunately, similar to other artifacts and monuments, Armenian petroglyphs are mostly unknown among world audiences. However, interest in the region and its heritage has increased quite significantly in the latest years. After all, Armenian Highlands, the home to Armenians, one of the most ancient populations living today, is theorized to be the cradle of civilization.
It should be noted that some powers, for example, Turkey, use Armenian artifacts as fabricated evidence of their own indigenousness to the Armenian Highlands. Their arsenal includes renaming Armenian monuments and ancient settlements, falsifying history, and much more. Fortunately, there are enough records to testify to the Armenian origin of those antique artifacts.
Let’s hope that time will put everything in its place.