Jar-Burial Found in Tigranakert of Artsakh

Jar-Burial Found in Tigranakert of Artsakh

During archaeological excavations along the northern walls of vof Artsakh, Armenian archaeologists discovered a jar-burial site, said the head of the expeditionary group Hamlet Petrosyan in an interview with the correspondent of NEWS.am. The excavations were conducted under the direction of the dean of the history faculty at the Stepanakert State University Professor Vardges Safaryan. …

The City of Dvin – Ancient Armenia

The City of Dvin – Ancient Armenia

The ancient city of Dvin has been one of the oldest Armenian settlements, as well as an antique capital of Armenia. Dvin’s history traces back to as far as the 3rd millennium BC. The territory of this antique settlement is of most interest in terms of archaeology. During 1958 excavations, Late Bronze and Early Iron …

A Book Can Save a Whole Nation – Raffi

Armenian author Hakob Melik Hakobian published his first poem in the Moscow “Hyusisapayl” in 1860. Along with engaging in writing, Melik Hakobian fought poverty, taught at school, was a steward at a small shop. In the 1870s, Melik Hakobian became increasingly known as the first Armenian novelist by profession. He was commonly known under the …

Armenia’s Ancient Geographical Names

Armenia’s Ancient Geographical Names

Although ancient Mesopotamian civilizations all fell or lost their significance at different points in time, their influence exists to this day. Cartography has been just one among the many crafts that have been developed and spread between the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers thousands of years ago. One of the oldest maps of …

Asiatic Lions That Once Existed in Armenia

Asiatic Lions That Once Existed in Armenia

The Asiatic/Persian Lion (Panthera leo persica) has once lived in Armenia before going extinct in the region. This species of lions has ranged from the Mediterranean to India in ancient times as well. Now, these lions can found in Gir Forest National Park in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat, India, where only 523 species exist. …

Arshakuni Tomb in Aghdzk – Battle for the Relics

Arshakuni Tomb in Aghdzk – Battle for the Relics

30 kilometers from Armenia in the territory of the village of Aghdzk lies the family tomb of Arshakunis, the last royal dynasty of the Armenian Kingdom. Acceding to the throne in the 1st century, this dynasty reigned over the country for almost 4 centuries. Arshakunis didn’t achieve the power and might of their predecessors. However, …

Snake – The Totem of Armenians

Snake – The Totem of Armenians

Not many people know that for Armenians, snakes have been an object of worship since ancient times. Legends say that each Armenian home had snakes as their invisible guardians. Snakes have brought happiness to Armenian families. Images of snakes could be seen anywhere: on doors, furniture, pillars. Women wore snake-shaped adornments because snakes were symbols …

Tsitsernakaberd – Swallow-Messengers of Goddess Astghik

Tsitsernakaberd – Swallow-Messengers of Goddess Astghik

In terms of archaeology, the site of Tsitsernakaberd, the Armenian Genocide memorial complex located in Yerevan, is rather remarkable. During the construction of the memorial complex in the 1960s, workers discovered Bronze Age clay vessels there. Further investigations revealed that the territory of Tsitsernakaberd had housed an Iron Age fortress named Tsitsernaki Berd (“swallow’s fortress”). …

The Battle of Avarayr Explained in a Video

The Battle of Avarayr Explained in a Video

Below is a great video describing one of the most iconic battles in the Armenian history, the Battle of Avarayr, which took place in 451 AD. Its significance is in the fact that it helped the Armenians preserve both their identity and Christian views. The Battle of Avarayr (also known as the Battle of Vartanantz) …

Massive Burial Site in Karashamb – Armenia

Massive Burial Site in Karashamb – Armenia

Back in November 2017, Armenian archaeologists discovered massive burial grounds with more than 700 tombs in the vicinity of the Karashamb village in Kotayk Province, Armenia. Those burial grounds have been used between the 2nd millennium BC and the 7th century BC. Initially, this site had been found in 1980, but the discovery of a …

Artifacts of the Armenian Highlands

Artifacts of the Armenian Highlands

Traces of antique populations have been found throughout the Armenian Highlands. At sites such as Arzni and Nurnus, archaeologists discovered numerous stone instruments.  Additionally, cave-settlements were found in Lusakert, the Hrazdan Gorge, and many other locations. The gamut of ancient artifacts of the Highlands is truly massive. The oldest stone instruments discovered are 800,000 years …

Recent Archaeological Excavations in Artsakh

Recent Archaeological Excavations in Artsakh

One of the fields of activity of the State Service for the Protection of Historical Environment under the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Artsakh is conducting archaeological excavations at the sites of preserved settlements. Since 2005, large-scale excavations have been carried out in the territory of ancient Tigranakert of Arstakh. Earlier, scientists conducted …

“American Mirror” – Tigran Tsitoghdzyan

“American Mirror” - Tigran Tsitoghdzyan

Spanish American director Artur Balder’s documentary “American Mirror” could be soon premiered in Armenia. Armenian American artist Tigran Tsitoghdzyan and Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon participated in the creation of the film. Tsitoghdzyan said that the producers plan to present the film on a number of festivals. Although there still isn’t an Armenian premier date …

City of Bagaran – Ancient Armenia

City of Bagaran – Ancient Armenia

Bagaran has been a city in Ayrarat Province of Greater Armenia and one of its 13 historical capitals. The city has been lying on the left bank of Akhuryan River at its confluence with Araxes River. According to Armenian historian Movses Khorenatsi, Bagaran has been built by the Orontes (Yervand) IV, the last representative of …