Following a preliminary survey in 2003, excavations were conducted in September 2004 till 2010 at the site of Aramus, Kotayk county, Armenia. The excavations are a joint project between the Universitiy of Yerevan - Department of History, the National Academy of Science Armenia - Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography and the University of Innsbruck, Department of Ancient History and Near Eastern Studies.
Aramus, located on a hilltop about 1500m above sea level, is an Urartian fortress occupied in the 1st millennium B.C. A cuneiform inscription found nearby indicates that there may be a connection between the site and the city of Darani, which was conquered by the Urartian King Argishti I in the 8th century B.C. This project will shed light on the development and decline of the Urartu kingdom in relation to the preceding and following social and political structures in the region.
In 2005 the excavations on the Iron Age Fortress were extended to an archaeological field school which offers university cources within an open platform which are offered to students and volunteers from all over the world.
Since 2004 15 sub-projects with the focus on the time period from paleolthic to middle ages with the focal points on the subjects of excavation techniques and recording methodology, software and hardware development, architecture, geodesy, linguistics and epigraphy, and didactics.
Hayk Avetisyan - State University of Yerevan Sandra Heinsch - University of Innsbruck
Pavel Avetisyan - National Academy of Science Walter Kuntner - University of Innsbruck
The closing date for receipt for full applications of students and volunteers is 31 May 2011!!
last update: January 2011