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Past, present, future… All people have their past, present and future and no matter how attractive or disgusting these realities seem to them, they exist and it’s regardless of their efforts to deny or accept them. So is with every single thing, no matter it’s breathing or not. And so is with countries and states. They have their past, present and future. And if the present is somehow clear to us and the future is vague, then the past is where people can delve into and uncover...
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  • Agarak Settlement
    Agarak Settlement is located 25 kilometers from Yerevan, not far from the city of Ashtarak and archaeological excavations have been held there since 2001. It’s noteworthy that with its 200 hectares of area this ceremonial landscape is unique and the only one in the Armenian Highlands. Similar monuments were discovered mainly in Asia Minor and with their appearance and layout they resemble Agarak settlement. Archaeologists have agreed upon their bearing ceremonial significance. It should also be added that part of those monuments are considered to be Hittite and others Phrygian. They are mostly related to the cult of Goddess Kibela, the great goddess-mother.
  • Areni village
    Situated on the bank of the Arpa River, remarkable Areni Village is believed to be founded by Noah and his sons who planted the first grapes there. In 114 Areni appeared under the rule of Roman Emperor Trajan who conquered Armenian Kingdom and made Armenian kings pay taxes to him. The Roman control continued until 253. It’s when the Romans were defeated in the battle at the Syrian city of Barbalisos. Excavations held in the territory revealed a number of items dating back to the Bronze and Iron Ages as well as the Hellenistic Era. Among the findings there were also several large clay jars, which were used in wine-making. But the most striking ones were the 6100 year-old winery and the 5500 year-old leather shoe.
  • City of Artashat
    The City of Artashat was built by Artashes I, the founder of Artashesyan dynasty who established the city in Ararat Plain, in front of biblical Mount Ararat. Excavations showed that in the territory where the city was built there used to be a large Urartian city, which remains unknown until the present day. There is some vagueness, however, regarding who built the city. Some historians among them Plutarch and Strabo claimed the place for the city was chosen and designed by Punic Carthaginian Military Commander Hannibal who resided in the court of Artashes I after Antiochus the Great lost the Battle of Magnesia in 190 BC. Hannibal was appointed adviser to the Armenian King. In contrast, according to Armenian historian Movses Khorenatsi (Moses of Khorene), the city was built by Artashes I and only.
  • Karahunj
    Karahunj is a huge complex comprised of Bronze Age tremendous and unique megalithic structures (specifically tombs) and over 220 menhirs (standing stones). May historians believe there is a tight connection between Armenian Karahunj and British Stonehenge with the Armenian stone complex being for 3500 years older than the British one. The first naming given to Karahunj is thought to be “Ghoshun Dash,” which means “stone army” translated from Turkish. A legend has it that at a distance the stones used to resemble an army.
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