STEPANAKERT (Armenpress)–The government of Nagorno-Karabakh has allocated 30 million Drams (about $100,000) to continue archeological excavation of one of the ancient cities of Tigranakert, founded by Armenian king Tigran the Great who ruled Armenia between 95-55 BC.
Hamlet Petrosian from the Armenian Institute of Archeology and Ethnography, who heads the archeological expedition that excavates the town located near the village of Surenavan in the region of Martakert in Nagorno-Karabakh, told Armenpress the excavation will begin in June and run through August. He said some 50 people will be hired to do the job.
Last year’s excavation was also funded by the Nagorno-Karabakh government. The excavations of Tigranakert started in 2005. The location of the city was identified during the first year of digging. The discovery of the wall of the citadel, other city walls, and part of an early Christian basilica were discovered shortly after.
Hamlet Petrosian said they need extra funding for laboratory examination of items they dug out to present them to the world.