Exclusive archaeological site documented in Armenia

An abode dating back to the late 8,000 B.C. and early 7,000 B.C. has been revealed in the ancient site named “Lernagog 1”, which is located next to the Lernagog village of Armavir Province.

The people of the abode had command of a certain kind of architecture. This is what Director of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography at the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia Pavel Avetisyan said as he summed up the activities carried out last year during a January 12 press conference, reported tert.am.

“In 2017, we achieve brilliant results during our fundamental studies. For the first time, we recorded a stationary abode in this region, the lower layers of which date back to late 8,000 B.C. and early 7,000 B.C. Until then, the most layers of ancient abodes in Armenia that we could record were layers dating back to 6,000 B.C.,” Pavel Avetisyan stated.

According to him, this is the most noticeable thing that was documented in 2017. We are talking about an ancient place dating back to over 1,000 years, and this goes to show that the people who lived in these sectors of the Armenian Highland actively participating in those processes in the early stages of the Neolithic era.

“International scholars share a view that the skills in nuclear zones also spread to Asia Minor and Europe. In essence, we have documented a monument in the territory of modern-day Armenia that dates back to those times, meaning we have recorded a monument based on the standards that are characteristic of nuclear zones,” he informed.

According to Pavel Avetisyan, now the Ministry of Culture has to include this ancient site in lists, and it has to be under state protection.

Scientific worker of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography at the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia Artur Petrosyan emphasized that traces of a clay structure have been discovered in Lernagog. Studies on all of the items found in the ancient site (osteological materials and coals), date back to the same era.

“It is safe to say that Lernagog dates back to 8,000-7,000 B.C., and the people who were living in Lernagog knew something about architecture. People had command of clay architecture. Back in 2015, we conducted studies here and found tools dating back to 10,000 B.C. that were linked to stone architecture. In 2017, we started excavating more and found stable layers and osteological materials that allowed us to have a clearer picture,” Artur Petrosyan said.

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