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The Ararat Plain Archaeological Project conducts survey and excavation at the edge of a major river valley in Armenia. The project aims to explore how people have moved through and lived in this landscape through time, with a particular focus on the Bronze to Iron Age transition. The fieldwork combines studies of archaeological ceramics with landscapes, and experiments with new technologies for recording and analyzing data towards open online publication.


When

The Ararat Plain Archaeological Project (APAP) investigates all periods of human occupation. Of particular interest is societal change during the bronze and iron ages (ca 2000-200 BCE).

Where

The main focus of APAP is the intersection of the southeast Ararat Plain with the foothills and mountains to the east, especially around modern Vedi in Armenia. Additional work is planned for the Getik river valley north of Lake Sevan. Past work has also been conducted in Vayots Dzor province.

Researchers

  • Dr. Peter J. Cobb, Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong
  • Dr. Elvan Cobb, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Hong Kong
  • Arthur Petrosyan, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography at the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
  • Boris Gasparyan, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography at the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia

Related Projects and More Information

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Archaeological Survey in Vayots Dzor
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Foothills on the edge of the Ararat plain. Photo Peter Cobb.
Landscape survey in Armenia. Photo Peter Cobb.

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