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Urartu era artefacts unearthed in Armenia’s east


Artefacts dating back to the period of the Kingdom of Van (Urartu) have recently been found in Armenia’s Gegharkunik province. The items are currently being cleaned and restored at the labs of the Service for the Protection of Historical Environment and Cultural Museum Reservations.

Urartu era artefacts unearthed in Armenia’s east

Professor Ashot Piliposyan, Director of the Service for the Protection of Historical Environment and Cultural Museum Reservations non-commercial state organization, says the archaeological material is really exceptional and dates back to the 8th century BC.

Urartu era artefacts unearthed in Armenia’s east

“We were informed from the Gavar Geological Museum that villagers had accidentally uncovered archaeological material during construction work,” he said.

Urartu era artefacts unearthed in Armenia’s east

According to Ashot Piliposyan, a mausoleum dating back to the Urartian times was found, when digging a grave in Gavar’s Hatsarat district.

Urartu era artefacts unearthed in Armenia’s east

The service says that of particular importance are several objects, including a jug-cup, an ancient clay bawl, two large agate spherical beads, which are unique in form and method of preparation.

Urartu era artefacts unearthed in Armenia’s east

After being cleaned and restored at labs, the artefacts will be added to the Urartu exhibition at “Metsamor” historical-archaeological museum-reserve.

Urartu era artefacts unearthed in Armenia’s east

“There are clay pots, pieces of crockery we had never found before,” Philiposyan said.

Also, a large amount of anthropological and animal remains have been discovered. The studies reveal that five people had been buried in the mausoleum.

Source: Public Radio of Armenia [January 26, 2017]
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