This season marks the 20th anniversary of Project ArAGATS, and our research continues apace, both in the field and in the lab. With support from the National Science Foundation, Cornell University, and the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Republic of Armenia, we are continuing our investigations into Bronze Age societies of the Tsaghkahovit Plain and the Kazakh River Valley, with a particular focus on the site of Gegharot and Aparaniberd.
Early Bronze Age Gegharot:
This year marks the 14th season of excavations at the Bronze Age site of Gegharot. We continue our investigations of the Early Bronze Age settlement on the site’s northwestern slope, expanding the multi-phase (EB1 and EB2) complex of T39 to expose the totality of its semi-circular constructions. New trenches in other areas of Gegharot’s western slope have been placed to “ground-truth” intriguing anomalies detected through GPR and magnetometry survey.
Mortuary Archaeology of Aparaniberd: