Agarak Settlement

The uncovered artifacts give ground to the assumption that farming and livestock farming were developed practices in the area. Some parts of the area were used as cemeteries in the 2nd-1st cc. BCE-4th-5th cc. Burials dated to the early Christian period were discovered along with tombs and items related to Late Antiquity.

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Agarak Settlement

1st half of 3rd millennium BCE - 16th-18th CC.

Agarak settlement is located in the south-eastern foothills of Mt. Aragats, on both sides of Ashtarak-Giumri highway.

The area is remarkable for its unique landscape rich in rock and stone carved structures, which in their size and diversity exceed other patterns recorded in the Armenian Highlands and neighboring regions.

In 2001-2008 excavations were carried out at the archeological site by the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia.  

Aruch is a multi-layered monument linked to Kura-Araxes (Shengavit) culture. Dated to the Early Bronze Age the settlement survived until the Late Middle Ages. The main structures are dwellings with round floor plans built from large tufa blocks.

The tin bronze molds, arsenical bronze artifacts, the knife blade, the awl and other items unearthed at Agarak suggest the population was occupied with metallurgy. Other artifacts uncovered were items made of obsidian, flint, basalt, andesite, volcanic glass and cobble, used for different purposes.

Of special interest are the terra cotta statues of people and animals, fragments of carts, animal bones (dog, cow, sheep, goat, ox), two petroglyphs and other items. A rock-carved mausoleum dated to the period of Kingdom of Van has also been discovered at the archeological site. It is the first monument discovered north of the Arax River.   

The uncovered artifacts give ground to the assumption that farming and livestock farming were developed practices in the area. Some parts of the area were used as cemeteries in the 2nd-1st cc. BCE-4th-5th cc. Burials dated to the early Christian period were discovered along with tombs and items related to Late Antiquity.  

By the decree of the Republic of Armenia Government Agarak complex has been granted a status of historic-cultural preserve.
Text is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia. 

 


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tremendousthe stone carved Graves and wine vats are eerie and awesome

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    How to reach Agarak is close to Ashtarak, on the Giumri highway. It is about 25 km from Yerevan.

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