Urartu cuneiform inscription at Martuni

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Location: Gegarkuniq region
Established: I mill. BC
From Yerevan: 136km/1h 45m

Tunnel “Arpa-Sevan” starts 15 km of Martuni. Exactly here, at the beginning of the tunnel, the ancient Urartian inscription (Urartu was an Armenian kingdom) of Argishti the First is located; it is about the city built by him, son of Menua.  The inscription was found during the explosions, held while constructing the tunnel. According to the initial calculations, the construction should have ended 20 km further of today’s one, in the territory of Vardenik village. Nevertheless, it turned out to end between Vardenik and Tsovinar villages. 

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