Dvin the ancient Armenian city


Dvin was one of the most ancient settlements of the Armenian Highland and an ancient capital of Armenia, traced back as far as the 3rd millennium BC. During the excavations of 1958, a settlement of Late Bronze and Early Iron age period was discovered under the citadel of Dvin. Excavations revealed ancient workshops and worship structures from the beginning of the 1st millennium BC, with a metal workshop and four sanctuaries. The latter were large structures that had stone bases and walls made of unburnished clay. Flat roofs rested on wooden columns. Astonishing altar stelae of complex compositions, with traces of “eternal” fire and mostly black-polished utensils used at ceremonies were placed inside these sanctuaries built in the architectural traditions of Pre-Urartian (Araratian) dwellings. In the first half of the 8th century BC, Dvin and numerous settlements of the Ararat Valley were ruined due to invasions. Traces of a great fire and ruins that…

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2 thoughts on “Dvin the ancient Armenian city”

  1. Tamar: Such a honorable article on a historical important Armenia capital. I had the wonderful opportunity to visit in 2006 where I befriended (during the trip) the lovely family that was running the humble on-site museum. They often said that they hoped one day again the archaeologists would come back. I often wondered what happened and counting the days when I can go back. Thank you for coverage!

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