2020 September 1

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Sep/1/2020 news: \\ archaeologists discover canals, scripts, churches in Artsakh's Tigranocerta, dismiss "Caucasian Albania" theories \\ Volunteer Army to have 100,000 men & women \\ mass poisoning from wood alcohol \\ winery explosion \\ anti-corruption busts \\ schools++ \\ new Yerevan bus \\ ...
by ar_david_hh


Tigranocerta - the ancient Armenian city in Artsakh / Kura River and Aghvan church / Urartian water canals

"Fragments of Armenian inscriptions testify that Artsakh's Tigranakert held the breath of Armenianness until its last days," said chief archaeologist Hamlet P.

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Q: what discoveries have you made this year?

We have special areas of high-interest that we dig every year. We discovered 900 meters of a fence in a particular district, and will soon get the full picture. We haven't found the district's entrance, yet.

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Another thing we're examining is a square from the early Christian era. There are two churches, tombs, etc.

The third excavation site is an ancient district, the seventh one that we wound.

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The area is 100 hectares. It's quite large. More exploration will allow us to understand how the city switched from antique to the Christian era. We found Christian objects in Tsits Hill dating back to the 5th century.

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Q: What historical conclusions can you make based on discoveries?

Besides the old churches, we found Armenian cross-stones and scripts from the 13th century, which prove that Tigranakert remained an Armenian city until its end, under the control of Khachen rulers.

It led us to believe that Khachen ruler Hasan Jalan controlled the area reaching Kur River.

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The new 5th-century Armenian Christian discoveries prove that this wasn't originally Aghvan territory and that Aghvan church took over sometime in the middle of the 5th century.

The right side of Kur River was entirely Armenian, the church's servants were Armenian, but it served the Aghvan church up until the 19th century.

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Q: tell us details about the water canal you found.

There are hills on Khachenaget river basin. On top of it, there is an ancient Christian complex, below which there is a 5km water canal. We excavated part of it this year.

We know that Urartians used to build huge water canals in Ararat Valley [far away from this area], but there is no such water network stretching from Ararat Valley to the Caspian Sea.

We're trying to find out if this canal was built before or after Tigranocerta. This is a fantastic discovery.

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We accidentally found the water canal tunnel while excavating the church. The tunnel had vegetation which we had to remove. We discovered 4 structures. It's too complicated for us; we'll invite experts from Florence University.

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Q: what do the discovered tonirs (թոնիր) tell us?

We found 20 tonirs from the 12th century, a proof of active economic life. There are 2m deep grain storages, too. We don't know why there were so many in a small area. Maybe some govt project.

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Q: tell us more about the Christian period of Tigranakert.

We have to differentiate the post and pre Christian periods. The early Christian period contained Armenian scripts; this is the time when Sasanian arquniq united Artsakh and Utiq and gave them to Aghvank.

The Armenian scripts prove that Azerbaijani and some international experts are wrong about this being a non-Armenian area.

The government of the region changed, but the population remained Armenian. There were possibly some Greeks because Tigran brought some Asian Minor population. This is why we see some early-Christian-era Greek scripts, too.

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Q: How can Artsakh present this to the international scientific community?

We need a museum, tourism areas, an information desks near each artifact. We contacted 15 international bodies but we're careful because of politics [unrecognized republic]. It hasn't stopped them from inviting us for talks, however.

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More in the article with lots of photos:

https://hetq.am/hy/article/121050

Volunteer Army details / Women to join / Numbers estimated

Last week we leaned about the upcoming creation of a new nationwide Volunteer Army to aid the army in the event of war.

It is estimated that 100,000 civilians could join, in addition to the army reservists who would be separately drafted for war.

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The MoD says the weapons will only be distributed during wartime after training.

"People won't be freely walking around the city with weapons. Anyone with acceptable health under the age of 70 can apply to join. Not everyone will fight in the front-lines.

Women are welcome; they'll be assigned non-combat tasks in the beginning."

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"This is not a Swiss or Israeli model. It's tweaked for Armenia. Volunteers get training, receive weapons, then return it once the fights are over."

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The Volunteers won't be paid during peace or training, but they'll be paid similar to existing contractors and receive the status of a "soldier" during a war. That means approximately $320/mo (that's for lower-ranking contractors).

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https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026353.html

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026359.html

https://youtu.be/ai_UTXkSNT0

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/194742

Tags: #VolunteerArmy #Ashkharazor

High number of military academy recruits

The army says they're seeing a high volume of applications to join Monte Melkonyan military academy this year, the highest in 6 years.

A substantial number of women have joined, for the first time in the academy's history. "They passed vigorous exams."

"Military education and profession has restored its attractiveness."

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026352.html

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/194723

just 2 left....

There are only 2 military barracks in Armenia and Artsakh that don't have the high-quality food that the govt began supplying since 2019. They'll get it this year.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/194655

Armenian-Greek relations

MoD discussed the resumption of AM-GR military cooperation as soon as COVID-related restrictions are lifted. They spoke about regional issues.

https://hetq.am/hy/article/121117

Arrests in Azerbaijan

Russian authorities detained and extradited an Azeri citizen who will be charged with "being a member of a terrorist organization and cooperating with a foreign state for spying". It isn't clear which country they're referring to.

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In 2017, Azeri authorities accused several soldiers of spying for Armenia, then killed them under various suspicious circumstances. Armenia denied any connection with the Azeri soldiers and accused the Azeri regime of removing "undesirables" at the time.

https://razm.info/145459

https://razm.info/102678

11 die and more injured after alcohol poisoning

11 residents of Armavir died in a hospital and 6 were injured from alcohol poisoning. Some are in critical condition.

The origin was initially unknown, but they all purchased from the same bootlegger.

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The cops raided a 50yo man's house and found 200 liters of homemade vodka. The victims positively identified the containers.

A lab will examine the vodka within 3-7 days. It is presumably was made out of technical methyl alcohol (wood spirit), a 30ml of which can be deadly, while 5ml will cause blindness.

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The investigators plead the public not to use the 30 liters of alcohol that the man managed to sell.

Several residents contacted the police saying that they purchased the vodka but hadn't had a chance to drink it yet.

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Video: https://youtu.be/R60vHspgeNw

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026368.html

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026371.html

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026373.html

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026393.html

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026431.html

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/194746

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/194740

Wine container explodes in Proshyan cognac factory

2 workers died and 4 were injured after a 30-ton wine container exploded in Proshyan cognac factory during a welding job by a construction firm. A fire broke out afterward.

The details are being investigated. The deceased are the factory's branch director and the director of the construction company.

https://youtu.be/vQYKawN4i3s?t=595

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026401.html

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026408.html

COVID stats

+97 infected. +634 healed. +2 deaths. 4,373 active. 206,929 tested.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026350.html

Massive rise in property-related anti-corruption investigations

Prosecutors are examining hundreds of instances of officials embezzling state property.

The number of cases filed in the first half of 2020 is 33% greater than in the entire 2019.

The most common crime was rigging sale auctions to guarantee that a specific buyer wins.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026360.html

Prominent HHK MP's son and ex-officials face corruption charges

ex-MP HHK Galust Sahakyan's son Tigran (not the one who released a cringe song with Ashotyan), among with former officials, are accused of property embezzlement and forgery.

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The report says: // in 2003, the Property Management Minister purposely under-valued a property and sold it to Tigran.

A year later Tigran wanted to get more lands, so his brother Arman (the guy from the cringe song) used his connections in Yerevan municipality to have one of the Yerevan officials to testify in court in favor of his brother to forge the process.

Multiple felony cases are launched. They're told not to leave Armenia. //

https://factor.am/280308.html

https://factor.am/163118.html

September 1st / How many kids?

Today was supposed to be the first day of education, but it's delayed by two weeks due to COVID.

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How many first-grade students will attend school?

2018: 36,000, up from 2017 partly due to post-revolution immigration from Russia.

2019: 42,000

2020: 36,000 registered so far in govt-run schools.

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https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026416.html

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/945715/

https://www.azatutyun.am/a/30142928.html

https://factor.am/280320.html

Schools with seismic protection

Two schools in Yerevan and Vanadzor have been rebuilt with seismic protections, a new sports center, furniture, and elevator, to house 948 students.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026417.html

the 2017 anti-domestic violence law

If you think the new child protection "Lanzarote" and women's protection "Istanbul" laws are controversial, you should have seen 2017, when HHK was trying to pass the anti-domestic violence law.

At the time, a group of hardline traditionalists interrupted the Parliament session. They believed that the law would destroy families and take away kids from parents.

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"They still use the same fear-mongering tactics to lobby against Istanbul and Lanzarote contentions," said an NGO activist.

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The 2017 law gave more powers to the police to apply restrictions on the domestic abuser.

Court cases went from 75 to 48 to 36. "The law is flawed and doesn't allow every assault to be classified as domestic abuse. There are too few shelters for abuse victims."

In 2019, the police issued 796 warnings and applied 260 emergency interventions.

https://www.civilnet.am/news/2020/09/01/Ինչպես-ազդեց-ընտանեկան-բռնության-մասին-օրենքը-հայ-ընտանիքի-վրա/393927

Արտաշատցիք քեֆ են անում

Artashat's Isakov district has a water network for the first time in 20 years. Residents no longer have to carry buckets. They threw a table to celebrate it.

https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/194679

100 big + 100 small buses in Yerevan

As we learned on July 16th, Yerevan plans to buy 100 smaller buses before the 100 twelve-meter buses.

The small bus is bigger than a marshutka but smaller than a 12-meter bus. The delivery will begin soon. There is already an auction winner.

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It has a disability ramp, AC and heater, taller design so you won't bend over, equipment for electronic payment and GPS, a screen that provides info to passengers, automatic bus-stop announcement.

Photo: https://factor.am/280177.html

Bezoar goat couple filmed on the mountains

https://youtu.be/tEL5JznFwik

Rare "bearded vulture" couple filmed in Armenian mountains

Gypeatus barbatus (գառնանգղ) are in the Red Book.

https://youtu.be/_Wa4rmSCJK0

update: Diasporans begin working at govt

The Diaspora Committee had earlier launched iGorts program to attract highly skilled diasporans to visit Armenia and work for the govt temporarily.

24 diasporans from 9 countries have begun their work.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026446.html

More baby-fish is injected into Lake Sevan

The Nature Ministry dumped 220k baby Sevan trout (Սևանի իշխան) into rivers that flow into the lake, as part of a plan to increase the population to improve the water quality.

https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1026407.html

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Link to original report and comments: https://old.reddit.com/r/armenia/comments/ikrnjh/sep12020_news_archaeologists_discover_canals/

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