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Armenian Archaeologists Discover Second Pagan Temple After Garni

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  • Armenian Archaeologists Discover Second Pagan Temple After Garni, India

    Armenian archaeologists discover second pagan temple after Garni

    New Delhi, Sept 16 : Armenian archaeologists have discovered the
    second pagan temple in Armenia after Garni.

    The temple was found 5.5 metres underground not far from the modern
    town of Artashat, about 30 kilometres to the south-east of Yerevan.

    Experts say it is devoted to Mihr - the God of the Sun in Armenian

    The temple - the symbol of Sun-worship was built near Artashat which
    maintained its status the longest among the capitals of Armenia - from
    the 2nd century BC to the 5th century AD, said archaeologist Zhores

    "By discovering the remains of the temple we found out that the temple
    was even more gorgeous and beautiful than Garni. That means we have
    found a big historical wealth that needs being kept by all means,"
    said the 72-year-old Khachatryan, the coordinator of the
    archaeological expedition team.

    The expedition comprised of 15 workers of the Institute of Archaeology
    and Ethnography. The National Academy of Sciences of Armenia had begun
    the excavations of the territory of capital Artashat in the
    1970s. Before that Soviet authorities prohibited large-scale
    excavations in territories bordering Turkey.

    Khachatryan said the findings revealed that Artshat occupied about 400
    hectares of territory and had a population of about 150,000 in its
    heyday, and the fortification walls of the city stretched for more
    than 10,000 metres.

    According to, the town founded on 12 hills in the
    neighbourhood of Khor Virap built on the place of the temple devoted
    to the goddess of maternity and fertility Anahit.

    It used to be a big centre of commerce, and more than 1,000 types of
    the seals have been found at the site, the report said.

    "All the studies show Artashat was built in accord with a regular and
    a planned design project. However, unfortunately, we cannot research
    all the hills: the heart of Artashat was built on the marble ore that
    has been blown up for many times and has equalled that part [of the
    city] to ground," said Khachatryan.

    Khachatryan said the archaeological team has also managed to find the
    public bathhouse of Artshat with its seven rooms 75 square meters

    "There is a mosaic floor and a tiny brook, bases and pools with
    beautiful ornaments have been found. Also a toilet with sewage system
    with more than 2,000 years of history, something you can't find even
    in modern-day villages, was found," he said.

    "We knew from the very beginning there was a temple that was destroyed
    during the reign of King Tiridates in the 4th century, in times
    Christianity was spread. But we didn't know where exactly it was and
    what was its size," he added.

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