Armenia is an open-air archeological museum, researcher says

Liana Yeghiazaryan

Research assistant at the Institute of Archaeology & Ethnography of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences Hayk Melik Adamyan suggests creating a Red Book of Armenian Natural Monuments.

Hayk Melik Adamyan has been asked on many occasions whether Armenia has anything but churches. This speaks for the fact that Armenian is not properly presented in tourism guides.

It’s only the historic monuments presented in the guides, while there is no reference to the country from the archeological point of view, the researcher told reporters today.

According to the archeologist, Armenia is also an archeological museum in the open air, but it is not well advertised. Meanwhile, Armenia could compete with Ukraine with the variety and multiplicity of natural monuments, although the latter occupies a territory of 600,000 sq km, while Armenia’s territory is just 45,000 sq km together with Artsakh.

Hayk Melik-Adamyan recalls Garni’s “Stone symphony,” which is not the only one in Armenia. There are similar basalt pillars in Tavush and Lori marzes aged 100-150 mln years.

The famous “Pnjrik” tree in Artsakh’s Skhtorashen village is 2,000-years-old. It is included in the ten lonely standing  trees in the world, but is never spoken about, Melik Adamyan said.

To solve the issue the archeologist suggests creating a Red Book of Armenian Natural Monuments.


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