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What You Can Discover Visiting to Erebuni Fortress

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Erebuni Fortress also known as Arin Berd is a fortified city from the ancient kingdom of Urartu, located in what is present-day Yerevan, Armenia. It was one of several fortresses built along the northern Urartu border and was one of the most important political, economic and cultural centers of the vast kingdom. The name Yerevan itself is derived from Erebuni.

Erebuni was founded by King Argishti I (r. ca. 785–753 B.C.) in 782 B.C. It was built on top of a hill called Arin Berd overlooking the Arax! River Valley to serve as a military stronghold to protect the kingdom's northern borders.

Erebuni Museum of History in Yerevan

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The Erebuni Historical & Archeological Culture-Preserve was founded on May 24, 1968 according to Resolution 225, passed by the Government of the Republic of Armenia.

It was created to scientifically validate finds discovered in the three famous archaeological sites of Arin Berd, Karmir Blur and Shengavit, situated in the administrative boundaries of Yerevan. The Culture-Preserve’s main interest is in documenting the history of the establishment of Yerevan. It operates according to its charter to promote scientific information, educational and cultural activity.

Arin Berd as a stategic position overlooking Ararat(n1)

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The site of Erebuni Fortress was located atop the 65 m tall hill of Arin Berd as a stategic position overlooking the Ararat plain and the main roads leading to the citadel. It also overlooked cramped Urartian town made up of residences below at the foot of the hill.

The main entrance to the fortresswas located at the more gently sloped southeastern site of the hill. It led to the central yard of the citadel. Ceremonies held by the personal guards of Argishti I and guards of the fortress garrison were held here. In the southwest portion of the yard was a temple of the god Khaldi.

Excavations were carried out at Erebuni in 1952

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Early excavations began during the nineteenth century while more systematic excavations were carried out at Erebuni in 1952, under the joint sponsorship of the Armenian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography and the Pushkin Museum's Board for the Preservation and Restoration of Architectural Monuments.

Dozens of Urartian and Achaemenian artifacts, such as pottery, earthenware, belt-buckles, bracelets, beads, drinking vessels, helmets, arrows and silver coins, were also uncovered...

Teishebaini was built by Rusa II in 7th century BC

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The city of Teishebaini was built by Rusa II in the first half of the 7th century BC to protect the eastern borders of Urartu from the barbaric Cimmerians and Scythians.

Within the city was a governors palace that contained a hundred and twenty rooms spreading across more than ten acres, and citadel named the Citadel of Teisheba after the Urartian god of war.
The construction of the city, palace, and the citadel were not fully finished until the reign of Rusa III, some 50 years later.

Armenian-French archaeological expedition continues excavations at Erebuni

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06.07.2013

Within the Armenian-French scientific and technical collaboration realized since 2008, on July 2, 2013 was launched the process of excavations at Erebuni fortress. The excavations will be conducted to the east of Haldie temple, the aim of which is to give a more precise definition of chronology and find out the initial route.

The excavations will be carried out in the eastern part of Haldie temple as well. In parallel to the archaeological surveys, the pottery and the artifacts uncovered in the excavated parts of the site will be studied as well. These data will be compared to the structural elements in the north of the temple and it will allow approaching the dating problem of the grand pillared hall.

As a whole, the excavations will help us to form an idea whether life continued in Erebuni within the periods of Late Urartu and Achaemenid Empire. All these will help us to revise the dating of ‘’apadana’’ (ceremonial hall) as well, which most possibly dates back to the 1st half of the 6th century.

Taking into consideration the high flexibility of mud brick, the archaeological team and the museum should focus on the permanent preservation of some structures (such as water pipes with the basin) uncovered last year. They are also going to discuss the possibility whether to leave this section of excavations open and display or not.

The initiator of the excavations is “Erebuni” Historiacal & Archaeological Museum-Reserve. As from 2008-2012 the leader of French archaeological team is Stephane Deschamps, the head of Bretan Archaeological Service. Armenian archaeological team is headed by Anna Azizyan, the head of scientific research department of museum-reserve. Excavations will last a month.

The French archaeologists will give cognitive lectures for those who are interested in the preservation of archaeological heritage and the archaeology by the initiative of Erebuni Historiacal & Archaeological Museum-Reserve. Further information will be given on the themes and date of the lectures.

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Achaemenid period

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Ancient wall-paintings

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In Erebuni museum we have a gifts' and souvenirs' shop inside where you can buy different type of souvenirs relating to a particular topic.

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The site of Erebuni Fortress was located atop the 65 m tall hill of Arin Berd as a stategic position overlooking the Ararat plain and the main roads leading to the citadel. It also overlooked cramped Urartian town made up of residences below at the foot of the hill.

The main entrance to the fortresswas located at the more gently sloped southeastern site of the hill. It led to the central yard of the citadel. Ceremonies held by the personal guards of Argishti I and guards of the fortress garrison were held here.

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