METSAMOR, Armenia (Combined Sources) – After restarting an excavation in Metsamor on September 1, a group of Armenian and Polish archeologists have already registered some findings.
New rooms have been revealed in the municipal part of the territory, as well as graves, human skeletons, metal tools, which from a preliminary glance are being attributed to 8-6th centuries BC.
The archeologists are trying to trace the changes in the territory from the Late Bronze Age to the period of Achaemenides. According to the co-pilot of the expedition, the Head of the Institute of Archeology in the University of Warsaw, professor Krzysztof Jakubiak, Metsamor has an important role among the settlements of the Ararat Valley.
“During the Early Iron Age, Metsamor had been a city that was destroyed by the Urartians. Now graves are found, other discoveries are revealed, and evidence of destruction is registered. They enrich our understanding of the influence of Argishti the First and the later Urartians in Metsamor,” Jakubiak said.
At the moment anthropological materials are being studied, while the organic materials, such as charcoal and others will be sent abroad for a laboratory study. It will help to date the finds correctly.
Professor Jakubiak participated in many archeological expeditions in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Iraq.
“Armenia is a country that bears Christian-European values and it is easy to work here,” he said. “My Armenian colleagues have enough experience and knowledge and Armenian people are frank and friendly.”
Meanwhile, the remains of a medieval castle were discovered by archeologists in the west of Armenia, according to PanArmenia.net.
The palace whose total area covers 450 square meters has yet to be completely dug out. Household items, plates containing records in Armenian, and stones that adorned the facade were found nearby.
According to archaeologists, the find will help better study the history of the Armenian statehood, Vesti.ru says citing a report from Russia 24.
“It was a multi-edged structure,” said Hakob Simonyan, deputy director of the Historical and Cultural Heritage Center under Armenia’s culture ministry.
Thanks to the arcuate rhythmic rows that flowed into each other, the palace looked quite solemn, according to Simonyan.