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[Armenian Archaeology]: Uncovering Armenia’s Past in Tigranakert.

August 2, 2010

Excavations and findings from the mountainous Tigranakert are now on display at the archaeological museum in Aghdam.

The city of Tigranakert was an ancient Armenian territory built on the landing of today’s mountainous Karabakh under the rule of King Tigran the Great in the 1st century B.C. It was once part of the Armenian empire and competed with Rome for political strength. The city now lies in the abandoned and disputed buffer zones of Karabakh, near the borders of Azerbejian. Findings heighten today’s tensions over historical possession of the territory between Armenians and Azerbaijanis. With modern politics coming into play, the ruins of Tigranakert remain as a testament to the strong Armenian presence in the area. FAR intern Samantha with the ruins of Tigranakert

Among the artifacts on display is a supposed dish made of clay with “My, Vache, the slave of God” etched into the side. Excavators at the site also uncovered tower walls dating to the Hellenic period and the remains of a 7th century Armenian Church. FAR’s Young Professionals had the opportunity to visit the site this year.

The exhibition opened its doors to the public on June 8th.

For more information, continue reading here.

FAR intern Samantha
at the ruins of Tigranakert

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Credit: Samantha McQueen

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