Karabakh Earmarks Funding for Tigranakert Excavations

STEPANAKERT (Armenpress)–The government of Nagorno-Karabakh has increased funding to continue archeological excavations of the ruins of an ancient Armenian city built in Nagorno-Karabakh by King Tigran II sometime in the first century.

Karabakh’s authorities Monday released 35 million drams to keep the excavation going, up 5 million from what was initially earmarked for the project in March.

Earlier this year, the expedition group excavating the city of Tigranakert faced financial problems that threatened continuing the project which started in 2005. The Government of Armenia had refused its request for state support, leaving the task to the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

Hamlet Petrosian from the Armenian Institute of Archeology and Ethnography, heads the archeological expedition that excavates the city located near the village of Surenavan in Karabakh’s Martakert region.

The excavations at the site first began in 2005, followed by the discovery of the wall of the citadel, other city walls, and part of an early Christian basilica.

According to Petrosian, this year excavations have been conducted in six places, unearthing the “foundation of the castle gates including a nine-meter tower of Roman architectural style.”

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