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#1 MosJan

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 06:06 PM

TERRITORIES OF SHENGAVIT AND KARMIR BLUR CULTURE PRESERVES APPROVED


  • Territories of two historical and archeological culture preserves Shengavit and Karmir Blur have been approved by two documents, signed on February 5 and March 3 this year, Ashot Piliposyan, director of the Erebuni museum told a PanARMENIAN.net reporter. “Tens, hundreds and thousands of books are written about any historical and archeological memorial. They lose their significance in the course of time, but a memorial remains a durable source of information and the subject of research,” he said. Ashot Piliposyan emphasized the importance of defining the territories and boundaries of the two historical and archeological culture preserves.


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Posted 26 September 2016 - 03:36 PM

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Archaeologists Trace Artsakh’s Origins to 7th Century BC
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Armenians have had four viceroy seats, one of them in Artsakh. Archaeologists have discovered four viceroy bronze wands during excavations at Karmir Blur, archaeologist Hagop Simonian, Deputy Head of the Research Center of Historical-Cultural Legacy under the Ministry of Culture, told reporters Thursday. He said the findings unearthed from the site shed light on the pages of Armenian history that others want to dispute, reports ArmRadio.am.

The excavations that resumed in 2015 have revealed that back in the Urartian period Armenia was divided into provinces, each ruled by a viceroy. After the death of the latter the highest symbol of power – the scepter– has also been laid at the mausoleum.

“What’s most important is that it’s now proven that Artsakh was part of the United Kingdom of Van in the 8th to 7th centuries BC. The excavations come to refute all assertions that Artsakh has never been part of Armenia,” the archeologist said.

According to him, another importance of the findings is that they come to disperse the uncertainty regarding the origin of Urartians. “The Urartians were natives of the Ararat Valley,” he noted.

“I’m deeply confident that Urartu is an Armenian kingdom with its multi-layer population, where the Armenian element has been dominant,” Hagop Simonian said.

A number of different interesting items have been unearthed during the expedition. These include jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, cufflinks, buttons), also as a whole arsenal of weapons.

The findings comprise a huge material for anthropological research. With DNA tests it’s possible to reveal the illnesses the locals suffered from, calculate their life expectancy, study their beliefs and rituals.



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Posted 28 June 2019 - 11:38 AM

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Massive Urartian Cemetery Found Under Yerevan

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YEREVAN—A massive cemetery found as a result of three years of archaeological excavations in the ancient site of Karmir Blur (Red Hill) in Yerevan is of huge scientific significance, says Hakob Simonyan, head of the expedition and Director of the Historical Cultural Heritage research center of the Ministry of Culture. According to him, the archaeological materials found at the site could give an answer to a number of questions about the residents of the area, their perceptions of the afterlife and their burial rituals.

Karmir Blur or Teishebaini, which is presently located near the city of Yerevan, was a provincial capital of the 9th to 6th century B.C. Kingdom of Van (better known as Urartu).

Hakob Simonyan says the Kingdom of Van has always been in the spotlight of scientists. However, no graveyard had ever been found on the huge territory until the decision was made to construct a highway bypassing Yerevan, which could only pass through Karmir Blur.

As a result of three months of research, scholars have found densely located tombs. There are 500 tombs just under the road being constructed.

The kings of Van viewed the Ararat Valley as a granary, where the finest wines were produced. Hakob Simonyan says half a million liters of wine was kept in the pantries of Karmir Blur. Huge reserves of grain were also kept in the city.

Among the most important items found at the site were the “four idols” – tuff tiles with holes in the shape of eyes. Scientists assume the idols protected the peace of the dead. It’s now unclear whether the people buried in the cemetery were from the same family, nationality or represented completely different ethnic groups. The answer to this question will become clear after a DNA test. Samples have already been sent to Copenhagen.

According to Hakob Simonyan, Karmir Blur contains exceptional archaeological material, which could give answers to a number of questions. He says as many as 5,000 artifacts could be found at the site. Where they will be kept is a different question. Scholars are confident that it’s high time for Armenia – a country with a powerful cultural heritage – to have Anthropological and Urartian Centers.

As for the excavations at Karmir Blur, Hakob Simonyan says both the Eurasian Bank and Yerevan City Hall have promised that no historic monument will be destroyed and the road will be constructed only after the area is fully investigated.






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