Urartian King’s Burial Chamber in Van Opened for First Time


VAN, Turkey (Anatolian News Agency)–The burial chambers of Urartian King Argishti I and his family in the western wing of an ancient castle in the eastern Turkish province of Van have been opened for the first time.

“The burial chamber is in the western part of Van castle and bears the workmanship of the highest quality. It is reached through a 24-step staircase,” said Rafet Çavuşoğlu, a professor at Van Yüzüncü Yıl University’s Archaeology Department.

King Argishti I was buried in a rock burial chamber called “Horhor Cave,” said the professor, who specially opened the doors to the graves to Anatolia news agency.

Van castle, which is 120 meters by 80 meters and was built on a rocky peak along Lake Van, has been the site of recent excavations headed by lecturer Altan Çilingiroğlu of Ege University.

Çavuşoğlu said Urartian writing on the wall of the burial chamber was very interesting.

“There are nail holes in spaces between doors opening to the chambers inside. These holes were used to hang torches and gifts,” said the Yüzüncü Yıl professor. “There are four inner chambers and each chamber has four alcoves on the walls. The location of the alcoves and doors and the dimension of the chambers are similar to each other.”

He said religious ceremonies were held in the hall in burial chambers and valuable objects were buried in the adjacent chambers.

“The burial chambers are described as caves in the 17th-century Ottoman plan and Evliya Çelebi’s travel book. They served as an armory, a food depot and a workshop in the time of the Ottomans,” he said.

Before kingdom in ancient times

Centered in the Armenian Highlands, now under Turkish occupation, the Kingdom of Urartu ruled between the ninth and sixth centuries B.C. until its defeat by Media in the early 6th century B.C. The best monuments of Urartu exist in Van as the city was the capital of the kingdom with the name Tushpa.

Referred to as the Kingdom of Ararat in Hebrew, Urartu spanned beyond present day Turkey to include the current Republic of Armenia, where the Erebuni city and fortress are located in the Armenian capital of Yerevan. The Urartians are the ancient ancestors of the Armenians.

The ancient castle, which has traces of a 3,000-year-old civilization and is composed of five separate sections, draws hundreds of visitors from Turkey and overseas every year. However, the burial chambers of Urartian King Argishti I and his family are kept closed to visitors.

Argishti I was the sixth known king of the ancient kingdom, reigning from 786 B.C. to 764 B.C. As the son and the successor of Menua, he continued a series of conquests initiated by his predecessors. Victorious against the Assyrians, he conquered the northern part of Syria and made Urartu the most powerful state in the post-Hittite Near East.

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  1. Zungi said:

    guys, when searching this article online, all the turkish news-sites cut out anything that has to do with Armenia or Ararat!!! how sad!

    • Vartan said:

      Zungi, not only the turkish news-sites forgot to mention an important fact, also ASBAREZ did!

      The burial chambers of Urartian King Argishti I and his family are kept closed to visitors, only Anatolian News Agency was allowed in to take photographs of the graves’ interior!

      Asbarez should have researched & critisized the secrecy of the Turks and ask in this article “Where are the secretive photographs which Anatolian News Agency exclusively took”, instead of not mentioning this fact with one word.

  2. Arn. said:

    IN THE 15th CENTURY B.C. THERE WAS A KINGDOM CALLED –
    – KURRI-MITTANNI –
    THAT IS – KURDISTAN-MEDIA – !!!.

    SO KURRI OR THE HURRIANS IS THE SAME PEOPLE CALLED – URARTIANS-.

    The Urartians are the ancient ancestors of the Armenians.

    THEY ARE CERTAINLY NOT –

    Genesis 10

    Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth; and unto them were sons born after the flood.
    2The sons of Japheth: Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.

    3And the sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz and Riphath and Togarmah.

    THE ARMENIANS/TOGARMAHNS –
    ARE DESCENDANTS OF GOMER –
    THE FOREFATHER OF ALL GERMAN PEOPLES.

    THE URARTIANS OR KURDS ARE DESCENDANTS OF
    – MADAI –
    THE FOREFATHER OF ALL MEDIAN PEOPLES –
    THE KURDS – PERSIANS – SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL PAKISTANIS – INDIANS.

    Arn.Sweden.

    • Arn.Sweden. said:

      FURTHER –

      3And the sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz and Riphath and Togarmah.

      RIPHATH – (RIP)HATH – HATTI – HETITTE.

      THE HETITTE KINGDOM WAS CALLED – GAMIR – BY THE ARMENIANS.

      IN LATER HISTORY THE WHERE CALLED – GOMERIANS – KIMERIANS – CIMERIANS – CIMBRIANS,
      COMPARE THE GAELIC/CELTIC NAME OF – WALES – GUMRU OR CUMRU.

      THE CELTIC PEOIPLE TOOK THEIR NAME AFTER THEIR FATHER – GOMER -.

      FURTHER –

      ASHKENAZ – THAT IS – OSGRUSIA – OF TODAY – OSETISTAEN AND GEORGIA,
      THIS IS THE OLD – ASGÅRD – BY THE VIKINGS IN SCANDINAVIA.

      ASHKENAZ IS THE JEWIS NAME OF TODAYS GERMANY.

      GRUSIA – GOZIA – GOETZIA – GOTIA.

      IN THE 4th OR 5th CENTURY B.C. THERE WAS A PEOPLE IN UKRAIN WHOM THE PERSIANS WAGED WAR AGAINST –

      THE PERSANS CALLED THEM – ASGOUZEI,
      THE GREECIANS CALLED THE – SKOLOTS,
      THE ROMANS CALLED THEM – SKYTIANS,

      FROM WHOS NAME – SCANDINAVIA – IS DERIVED.

      SO THE TERRITORY OF TODAYS TURKEY BELONGS TO
      THE ARMENIANS – KURDS – GREECIANS – TRACIANS – GEORGIANS AND – ANKARA/ANGORA – IS AN OLD KELTIC TOWN.

      GRUSIA/GEORGIA WAS KALLED – KASKA – IN THE 15th CENTURY B.C.

      THIS PEOPLE WAS CALLED – KASSIANS – GIVING NAME TO – KASHMIR – KASGAR – TASKENT AMONG OTHER.

      AND FROM – KASSI – COMES THE WORD -(K)ASI – ASIA – ASIA MINOR ETC.

      SO HOW MANY PROCENT OF THE INHABITANTS OF TURKEY IS OF MONGOL BLOOD,
      EVEN THOUGH A BIG MIXTURE HAS OCCURED? –

      5-10 PROCENT ?.

      Arn.Sweden.

      • Viken said:

        Dear Arn,
        I think the whole purpose of your reply is to mislead any non Armenian reader. I say again; Stop medling in something you do not understand. Stop making wild alegation based on the Old Testament.
        Kurds and Turks are relatively speaking “new commers” in Armenia and adjacent areas. The kingdom of Ourartou and the kingdom of Nayiri are the Old Armenian kingdoms and we are still discovering new facts about them.
        This land belongs to Armenia, not to Turkey nor Kurdistan. These are our forefathers, not the Turk’s nor the Kurd’s.
        So, please stop making wild guesses and stop medling.

        • Arn. said:

          ALL INDOEUROPEAN – SEMITIC AND HAMITIC PEOPLES – ORIGINATES AROUND ARARAT ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE,
          AND THEIR FATHER NOA COMES FROM TODAYS IRAK.

          THIS WAS APROXIMATELY 3600 B.C.

          Arn.Sweden.

      • Richard David Dellerman said:

        Kurds are of the Chaldean ‘J’ DNA that were the Sumerians of the Chaldees and Sumerian/Samaritan jews. Sumerians=Cimmerians are of the same people and land. See map. Turkey was of the Adamics, as the Hittites-Canaanites living in Aryan lands. Iran claims to be of the Arian Caucasian people and fought with the Arians in Germany in WWII. Greeks called Hellens are Aryan but with many Adamics with in their land. Scythians were previously of the Mede Empire (per Bible) of Japheth, Shem, with the 10 Israel northern tribes that the Assyrians placed them with. This was the same lands of the “Land of Cush” was located in. The Thracians were of the Arians that conquered the Sumerian Empire time and time again. Alexander The Great had conquered the lands all the way to India. This was of the same land as the Mede Empire to the Adamics of the present Baluchistan from Iran into India. Now it is but a small province in Pakistan.

    • Viken said:

      Dear Arn,
      Before making wild guesses, such as transforming the Hurri-Mittani to the Kurds ancestor, at least have the decency of quoting correctly the Old Testament. Nowhere is it mentionned in the Genesis 10 that Kurds or Armenians are decendents of this or that of Noah’s sons or grandsons.
      So please have the decency and stop medling in something that you do not understand.

      Viken

      • Arn. said:

        DEAR SIR –
        I AM NOT LORD OVER YOUR FAITH – AND CETAINLY NOT YOU OVER MINE – THUS –

        A SHORT COMMENT –

        Genesis 10

        Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth; and unto them were sons born after the flood.

        SHEM – HAM – JAPHET – IS THE FOREFATHERS OF THE – SEMITIC – HAMITIC – INDUEUROPEAN PEOPLES RESPECTIVELY.

        2The sons of Japheth: Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.

        GOMER IS THE FOREFATHER OF ALL GERMAN PEOPLES –
        MAGOG IS FOREFATHER OF ALL CHINEESE PEOPLES/COMPARE BANKOK THE HEAD CAPITAL OF THAILAND).
        MADAI – IS FOREFATHE OF ALL MEDIAN PEOPLES.,
        JAVAN IS FORFATHER OF ALL GREECE PEOPLES.
        TUBAL IS FOREFATHE OF ALL TURKISH PEOPLES(COMPARE – TOBOLSK – HEAD CAPITAL OF SIBERIA).
        MESECH IS FOREFATHER OF ALL MOSCOVIAN PEOPLE( COMPARE MOSCOW-HEAD CAPITAL OF RUSSIA -MESCHED – IN NORTH NORTHWESTERN IRAN AND TURKMENISTAN).
        THIS PEOPLE WAS CALLED – SAKA-MASSAKA – MASSAGETS.
        TIRAS – IS FOREFATHER OF ALL PEOPLES OF-ROMAN-LATIN ORIGIN(COMPARE -TIRASPOL – HEADCAPITAL OF THE DNESTER REPUBLIV – TIRANA – HEADCAPITAL OF ALBANIA – AND TRACIA/CADIA – TDAYS RUMANIA.

        3And the sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz and Riphath and Togarmah.

        ASHKENAS IS FORFATHER OF ALL GOTIC GERMAN PEOPLES – AND IS THE JEWISH NAME OF TODAYS GERMANY.

        RIPHAT IS FOREFATHER OF ALL CELTIC GERMAN PEOPLES – TAKEN THE NAME OF THEIT FATHE GOMER – HENCE – THE GOMERIANS-KIMERIANS ETC.
        RIPHAT GAVE THE NAME OF THE – HETITTE WHOM THE ARMENIANS CALLED -GAMIR -IT ALSO GAVE THE NAME OF – PAPHLAGONIA- AND RAETSIA IN THE ALPS.

        TOGARMA IS THE FOREFATHER OF ALL ARMENIAN PEOPLES – COMAPARE THE TOWN – BUCHARA – THE PEOPLE CALLED TOCHARER – SPEAKING A LANGUAGE SIMILAR TO CELTIC AND GOTIC – LIVING IN NORHVESTERN CHINA IN THE SINKIANG PROVINCE,
        LATER THE – TOCHARER – WAS CALLED -(TOSARMA-SARMATIANS-SERBIANS).
        THE SERBIANS IS WHERER OF THE NAME OF ALL SLAVS,
        WHO ORIGINATED IN ARMENIA.
        RESEARCHERS HAS FOUND OUT THAT THE LANGUAGES IN THE WORLD TODAY,
        MOST SIMILAR TO SLAVIC IS ARMENIAN.

        I SUGGEST YOU READ HISTORY ABOUTH ALL PEOPLES OF THE EARTH,
        BEFORE YOU MAKE UP YOUR MIND.

        GOOD LUCK.

        IN SHORT.

        BY SIR.

        Arn.Sweden.

        • Armenian said:

          Please go tell your fairy tales elsewhere. You come off as a religious zealot and you have completely internalized this garbage. You don’t show ANY factual proof other than fabricating the Old Testament! Who are you? What’s your agenda!?!?!?
          If you want us to think that Kurds own our lands, you are mistaken! Most Armenians know their history very well! And we certainly know what Kurd did to us!

          • ARN.Sweden. said:

            FURTHER –

            WHEN DNA TESTS IS DONE ON THE KINGS REMAIN AND OR ON THE URARTIANS,
            AND THEY ARE COMPARED TO THE ARMENIAN AND KURDISH POPULATIONS DNA,
            TRUTH WILL COME FORWARD.

            Arn.Sweden.

  3. Sirvart Garabedian said:

    It is very sad that up todate Turkish are denying to return our sacred land they can’t have tourists visiting our heritage on behalf of Armenian fortresses, our cathedral, churches, after demoloshing, burining people live during 1915 Genocide, we should claim to Internatiional court of justice, these belong to us from the start of Armenia/Urartu they are our ancestors. They don’t belong to Jenkizkhan Mongols, Seljuks who by savagery seized all our cultural wealth, where is UNESCO or what our Ambassador in United can by negotiating with the UN where there is only by name!! it is not powerful as used to be!! We have to struggle with all the proves that these lands returned to us, let Turkery get advantage to use its tactics by mockering Armenians and the whole world in Armenians name. Why Armenians have to pay for Turkish visa when visiting their own land? It is our home we need no visa, Turkish govt. should understand us not by showing force we had enough of them, we don’t need to ask them to open the boarders, they were the ones closed for Azeri’s sake who started war another savagery ethnic which i really don’t understand their real history and where they are coming from!!!! some 100 yr old country who by his oil threatens by the backing of Turks to forcefully take back Artsakh/Karabagh which never belonged to them.. their savage President who is the most ignorant person i want to see his face online or in any network..Now we understand that US will never recognize 1915 Armenian Genocide, but our struggle will never stop here, we must change our policy our work is with Turkish govt. who occupies our land, we need to know full history of our ancestors by names, the whole world go back thousands of years deep to find out which family from which Kingdom our ancestors belonged. we should put pressure on Turkish govt. to open our cencus archives for us our children, generations, to get to know exactly all our loved ones, their real names, what year they were born, their pictures which shows on their legal papers, i myself, don’t believe that they don’t have hidden archives but they claim that all thrown into seas, i, as a child of orphan survivors to demand and have the full human right to know my all family members’ names and what was theiroccupation to built our family tree.. this is the dream of all Armenians not mine only.. or else present Turkish govt. wants eagerly to show its mussles to turn the Ottoman Empire to swallow the world by barbaric & brutal war to expand its terrotiry, expanding their families on whose account? we know everything they had nothing but robbing US Tax payers money where over a million & half Armenians there still taxed by US then going into ignorant Turkish leaders pockets, thery are liars they learnt how to robe wealth from any means they can. All i want to finish with that we have strong determinitation won’t give up until we bring our Ararat Mountain home which includes in Wilsonian map, sooner or later, we Armenians have to work towards return of our lands and collatoral damages Turkey caused to Armenian in all aspect which we carry with us till the end.

  4. Ravelina Kryukovskaya said:

    ARN, SWeden — i think your facts are completely coorect ! because i have written these facts from the several sites , books , and historical magazines … I live in Baku,,, and I am e jew … But I can see the reality ,, … But before that, we should struggle to live peacfully and together …

    ARN< SWEDEN – thank you, for your abso right statesments !!!!

  5. vatche said:

    Kingdoms came and went with their aristocracies,
    some times one tribe dominated and other times another tribe..
    The people remained the people.
    There were Seven Original Nairian Tribes, not one.
    This division is the root of the evils that have separated us.

  6. Richard David Dellerman said:

    The Chaldeans of the Chaldees have been given control of Turkey after WWI. They are of the Shi’ite-Kurds and Samaritan jews that control their Celtic controlled U.N. and NATO Forces. If ever the Adamic and Akkadian mix races join together, that is, the Palestinians, Sunni and Pashtuns and all the Adamics in Europe and America, along with the Africans and Asians, the Celt-Chaldean will continue to build their Cimmerian/Sumerian World Empire again. It is called the United Nation’s One World Order.

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