A Paleolithic Monument in Armenia

A Paleolithic Monument in Armenia

During the archaeological excavations in the Aghavnatun area of the Armavir province in Armenia, an Armenian expeditionary group found a very interesting Stone Age monument. The head of the archaeological expedition and a researcher of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia Boris Gasparyan thinks that the monument …

Ancient Hillfort of Lchashen – Armenia

Ancient Hillfort of Lchashen – Armenia

The village of Lchashen is located on the northern steep slope of the Geghama Mountains, towering above the surrounding territory. In the eastern part of the village, there is a historical place, which is one of the most important archaeological monuments found in the territory of modern Armenia. In the 1950s, as a result of …

The First Printed Map of the World

The First Printed Map of the World

In the second half of the 17th century, Armenian printing was experiencing rapid development in Europe. In 1695 in Amsterdam, the Armenian printing house headed by Tovmas Vanandetsi published a unique work, the first printed map of the world “Hamatarats Ashkharhatsuyts” (“Geographic Map of the World”). The first large-scale map of the both hemispheres in …

The Oldest Human Brain – Areni Cave, Armenia

The Oldest Human Brain – Areni Cave, Armenia

The oldest known human brain was found in Armenia. The unique find was discovered by Armenian archaeologists during excavations in the cave Areni-1 or, as it is also called, the “Bird Cave” in the southwest Armenia. It is a perfectly preserved human brain, perhaps the most ancient one ever found. According to the preliminary visual …

A 1599 Bible With a Map of Greater Armenia

A 1599 Bible With a Map of Greater Armenia

Sam Bussan, an inquisitive student from the city of Portland (Oregon, United States), found a 1599 Geneva Bible in the basement archive of the library of the Lewis & Clark College. The Bible has belonged to Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare. This rare edition of the Bible made the scriptures accessible through many elaborate …

Turkish Documents on the Armenian Genocide

Turkish Documents on the Armenian Genocide

The contents of the documents published below are the classified instructions of the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Ottoman Empire Talaat Pasha and the order of the Minister of War Enver Pasha on the extermination of Armenians residing in Turkey. Besides, you will see two letters addressed to the representative of the Young Turks …

Concealment of the Origins of Armenian Artifacts

Concealment of the Origins of Armenian Artifacts

Undoubtedly, Armenia and the Armenian Highlands are the most interesting historical places on earth. This makes Armenians happy and proud even though some of their valuable artifacts are found during excavations on the territories of the Armenian Highlands that are not a part of the modern Republic of Armenia. That’s because all these finds are …

Marco Polo and Armenia

Marco Polo (1254-1324) was a Venetian merchant and traveler who introduced the history and research of his journeys in the famous work “Book of the Marvels of the World.” The book serves as a valuable source of geographical, ethnographical, and historical knowledge about Armenia, China, Kazakhstan, Iran, and other countries. According to Marco Polo, Armenia …

Lord Byron and the Armenian Language

On December 2, 1816, Lord Byron arrived at the Monastery of Mekhitarists in Venice to study the Armenian language. With the help of the abbots from the monastery of the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni (Saint Lazarus of the Armenians), the poet got actively acquainted with the Armenian manuscripts and later would speak about …

A Stone Book in Kharberd – Historical Armenia

A Stone Book in Kharberd – Historical Armenia

In historical Western Armenia on the territory of ancient Kharberd, an ancient stone book with Armenian engravings was discovered. It was found during archaeological excavations in the city of Elazığ (historical Kharberd) located in the territory of modern Turkey near the Armenian church of Surb Karapet (Սուրբ Կարապետ, the Turkish name – Kizil-Kilise). The stone …

Armenian Monastery’s Aid for Napoleon

The Armenian monastery located in the old Jaffa (Tel Aviv) keeps a lot of stories. At one time, it served as a haven for sailors. And another time, the outstanding French statesman Napoleon Bonaparte asked its Armenian patriarch for help. The monastery of St. Nicholas is located in one of the old ports of Tel …

Fridtjof Nansen – A Friend of Armenians

Fridtjof Nansen – A Friend of Armenians

Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) was a Norwegian scientist, polar researcher, oceanographer, social activist, and humanist. At the end of the 19th century, he was already known to the whole world as an oceanographer and explorer of the Arctic. After the end of the World War I, Nansen was appointed the High Commissioner for Refugees of the …

Parandzem – Queen of Armenia

Parandzem – Queen of Armenia

The siege laid by the Persian army to the impregnable Armenian fortress Artagers had already lasted for fourteen months, but it seemed that neither losses nor the generous promises or threats of the enemy and not even the extremely harsh winter of 367 could break the spirit of its defenders, the Queen Parandzem and her …

Civilization and Arts of Armenia – Maximillien de Lafayette

Civilization and Arts of Armenia - Maximillien de Lafayette

Internet publisher Lulu.com published three books by Maximillien de Lafayette on the cultural, social, religious, and artistic heritage of Armenia (Civilization and Arts of Armenia from Pre-History to the Present Day: Its Culture, Society, Stars, Artists and Celebrities). The book is named “Civilization and Arts of Armenia from Pre-History to the Present Day: its Culture, …