In Nagorno Karabakh the archaeological Museum is open

In Nagorno-Karabakh on may 30 with support from the government was the opening of the archaeological Museum. The Museum was founded in the XVIII century fortress, which is located near the ancient city of Tigranakert (North-East of Askeran region of Nagorno Karabakh).

Specific localization of the ancient Tigranakert, founded in Artsakh Armenian king Tigran II the Great (95-55 BC), was refined in the summer of 2005. In the same year, archaeological excavations began. produced primarily by specialists from Armenia. In the excavations, financed by the government of Nagorno-Karabakh. took part scientists of Institute of archeology of the Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Engineering University and State Museum of Armenian history.

The outdoor Museum is illustrated the course of archaeological excavations, and in three halls of the Museum houses various artifacts discovered by the archaeological expedition of the Academy of Sciences of Armenia in the course of excavations. Also presents objects of material culture, starting with the V century BC to the XVII century.

The territory of the ancient city of Tigranakert, which covers about five thousand acres, last year was granted a national Park status. In Nagorno-Karabakh are going to turn this ancient city into a place of pilgrimage for Armenians from all over the world.

According to the head of the Department of tourism under the government of the Nagorno Karabakh Sergey Shahverdyan . in addition to the Tigranakert, the reserve also includes the historic environment of the city. “This environment is very rich in historical monuments and testimonies. And the creation of the Museum of Tigranakert is the basis for the reserve came to life”, – said Sergey Shahverdyan.

Head of the Artsakh archeological expedition, doctor of historical Sciences hamlet Petrosyan noted that “Tigranakert is a unique landscape, historical and cultural monument, and is one of the great monuments of the Caucasus”.

“It is not only scientific and academic value. Our common goal should be to, making the monument, if applicable, to ensure their safety,” says Petrosyan.

Currently in Nagorno-Karabakh carried out major archaeological excavations in several different localities. This is Azokh cave in the Gadrud district, excavations in the village Togh of Hadrut region on the territory of the Palace of Prince Egan’s time, Dating back to the eighteenth century, and the archaeological excavations revealed in 2003 in the Kashatagh district of the ancient settlement Keren.

Excavations at Azokh cave is leading an international expedition. Co-Director of a scientific expedition, doctor of biological Sciences, geneticist and anthropologist Levon episkoposjan notes that the results of the work already completed, indicate that scientists are dealing with the oldest multi-functional housing. According to him, all findings are forwarded abroad, where they pass the examination, restoration and return to Nagorno-Karabakh.

“Discovered during the excavations valuable findings confirm made at different times, the findings of archaeologists of the world: at least 300 thousand years ago, the cave served as a refuge for people. Samples of the finds say about living here is Neanderthal,” says episkoposjan.

According to the head of expedition group, archaeologist Gagik Sargsyan . the ultimate goal of the excavations in the Palace of Prince Egan’s time in the village Togh of Hadrut region of Nagorno Karabakh is the restoration of the Palace in its original form. “During the excavation of casualty wards in Prince Egan’s time the opened fragments of a more ancient fortress,” says the archaeologist.

Relatively ancient settlement of Keren in Kashatagh district archeologist Artak Gnuni noted that as a result follows that it is “not a one, but a whole complex of tombs on the right and left banks of the river Vokhdzhi”. “This area is located near the city of Kapan Armenia, and a part of found objects is similar to the exhibits of the same period, are exhibited in the Museum of Kapan,” said archeologist Artak Gnuni. According to him, the expedition found traces of two more settlements where it is necessary to undertake detailed excavation, to draw scientific conclusions.

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