Excavations begin in the ancient Armenian city of Ani

Excavations have begun anew at the ancient Armenian city of Ani, which straddles the border between Turkey and Armenia in the eastern province of Kars, the Hurriyet Daily News reports.

The most recent excavation was done in 2011. “Two years on, we are doing our excavation with a grant of 110,000 Turkish liras. After creating a team headed by our museum directorate, we will start the excavation as soon as possible,” said Kars Culture and Tourism Director Hakan Doğanay.

Doğanay said four excavations have so far been conducted in Ani, adding that the last excavation was conducted in 2010, adding that it was impossible to bring Ani to light with just three or four excavations.

He said the excavation would be conducted under the supervision of Associate Professor Fahriye Bayram of Pamukkale University and her team.

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