Our investigations have been principally guided by an overarching effort to describe the emergence, and re-formulation, of social and political institutions in the region. This concern with institutional formation initially arose from an abiding interest in the unique constellations of authority that forwarded the emergence of early complex polities in southern Caucasia at the beginning of the Late Bronze Age. However, these concerns soon broadened to envelope both the constitutive practices of Early Bronze Age village life and the remarkable political re-structurings attendant to the virtually unknown world of post-Urartian towns. Even as we continue to develop a sense of the specific institutions that shaped social, economic, and political life over three millennia in the Tsaghkahovit plain, it is clear that authority in the region was produced within a shifting landscape dominated by the distinctive built environments of the village, the fortress, and the town.
The work of Project ArAGATS is made possible by past and present grants from:
The National Science Foundation
The National Endowment for the Humanities
The Wenner-Gren Foundation
The National Geographic Society
The Social Science Research Council
The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund
The Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of Armenia
Cornell University Institute of the Social Sciences
Cornell University Einaudi Center
Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies
President's Council of Cornell Women
The University of Chicago Lichtstern Fund
Stanford Archaeology Center
American Research Institute of the South Caucasus
The generosity of the Friends of Project ArAGATS.
And by the warm hospitality of the people of the Tsaghkahovit Plain and Aparan Valley, Armenia.