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Early medieval tombstones unearthed in Armenia

Archaeologists have discovered early medieval tombstones with Mesropian writings in the excavation site of Aghdzk village, Aragatsotn province.

Early medieval tombstones unearthed in Armenia
The excavation site of Aghdzk village [Credit: ArmenPress]
Hakob Simonyan, leader of the expedition of the excavation site, told ARMENPRESS they are currently deciphering the records.

"We didn't have early medieval record tombstones at all", he said.

According to him, the expedition will carry out excavation-clearing works in the area until autumn.

"We expect to find early medieval monumental structures in this area", he said, adding everything will be done for Aghdzk to become one of the most important tourism destinations in Armenia.

Last year the biggest of the three relic-chests was opened, which was excavated by archaeologists. The chest contained relics of Armenian Kings.

The remains of Arshakuni Kings were interred in the Aghdzk royal tomb, which dates back to mid 4th century.

A Basilica was built near the tomb in the 5th century, which was reconstructed in the 19th century.

According to the Epic Histories written by the 5th-century historian Pavstos Buzand, after King Shapur II the Great of Persia captured Ani-Kamakh, he tried to take the remains of Armenian Kings to Persia. By doing so, the Persians believed the glory, luck and bravery of the Kings would be taken to them/

However, The Armenian Sparapet Vassak Mamikonian defeated the Persians in the district of Ayrarat, recapturing the treasures and bones of the Armenian kings.

Source: ArmenPress [May 20, 2017]

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