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Re: Six Groundbreaking Female Archaeologists ?
Mar 06, 2020, 18:24
Zariadris wrote:
Great thread.

In Armenia - no sideshow when it comes to archeology - I would say Emma Khanzadian, who from the 60s-90s oversaw the excavations of several important Bronze Age towns, including the earliest layer of Garni (famous for its classical Mithraic temple) where a Bronze Age statue-menhir known as a 'dragon stone' (vishapakar) was discovered upright with an Iron Age cuneiform inscription added; the entire Bronze-Iron Age settlement of Elar-Darani between Yerevan and Lake Sevan, a massive 'dragon stone' in a Bronze Age burial ground in the village of Lchashen (on the banks of Sevan), and her life's work, the excavation of a spectacular early metallurgical center in the Ararat Valley called Metsamor (as in Brain Donor's "Metsamor (Birthplace of Metal)"), complete with subterranean ironworks, a cemetery with massive stone phallei, and an incredible rock-cut temple/ritual precinct. For many years she had been working on a sweeping study of dragon-stones; a real passion of hers - I remember her showing my wife and me folders full of field work and research shortly before her death during the post-Soviet economic nadir when there was no money to complete such a project. A great shame she never produced it, but those of us presently involved in the study of these megaliths honor her memory.

Another key archeologist is Seda Devedjian, still with us, who has worked dliginetly for decades excavating the magnificent Bronze-Iron Age tomb fields of Lori Berd in the northern climes of the country, publishing a series of outstanding monographs (as has Khanzadian).

Both of these women, whom I had/have the good fortune to know, are counted among the giants of Armenian archeology.

Hello Zariadris, apologies for taking so long to answer your post. Firstly I confess to knowing only a little of Armenia's modern history (and that needs refreshing) and nothing at all about its prehistory - probably because what gets discussed here is mainly about the British Isles. I have started reading however, and what I have come across is pretty much mind blowing.

The most recent and important excavation is at the Nor Geghi 1 Stone Age site in the Hrazdan river valley. Thousands of 325,000 year-old artifacts show that human technological innovation occurred intermittently throughout the Old World, rather than spreading from a single point of origin (usually hypothesized to be Africa), as was previously thought.
I have started here to just get an overview ...

Will continue reading and research the work of Emma Khanzadian and Seda Devedjian. Please forgive my lack of knowledge about your country and world region.

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