Forgotten Armenian Cemetery Found in Turkmen’stan

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–An Armenian cemetery was discovered in a Serdar (former Kizil Arvat) settlement–about 250 kilometers west of Asgabad–by the efforts of the Armenian Embassy in Turkmen’stan.

Head of the archaeology and ethnography institute of the National Academy of Science Aram Kalantarian has recently returned from Asgabad and said that many Armenia’s had emigrated to Turkmen’stan in 80s of the 19th century and were engaged in the construction of railroads. They had settled in Serdar as well–where a private cemetery was allocated for them. Taking the inscriptions into account–they were buried at the beginning of this century.

The Armenian Embassy in Turkmen’stan has started to restore the destroyed Armenian cemetery. The Armenian Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography intends to start collecting the lithographs that have remained in Asgabad–Serdar–Zarjou–Mari and Turkmenbashi. This will give an opportunity of devoting a regular issue of "Collection of Armenian Lithographs" to the Armenian lithographs of Turkmen’stan.

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