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| Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2004 8:30 am Post subject: [E] Excavation of Monastery near Knaravan (New Shahoumian)
"YERKIR", UNION OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
FOR REPATRIATION AND SETTLEMENT
47 Bagramyan ave., ap. 10/A, Yerevan, Armenia
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Contact: Robert Tatoyan, email@example.com
AN EXCAVATION OF MONASTERY COMPLEX LOCATED NEAR THE VILLAGE OF KNARAVAN OF NEW SHAHOUMIAN DISTRICT OF MKR STARTS ON AUGUST 6, 2004
Yerevan, Armenia. - On August 6, 2004, the excavation project of Hantapert's Unnamed Monastery complex, situated in New Shahoumian Region of Mountainous Kharabagh Republic, started.
The works are carried out by the initiative of YERKIR, Union of Non-Governmental Organization for Repatriation and Settlement and sponsorship of Hartounian family (New Jersey, USA).
The mission of the project is to prepare a detailed study of the monastery complex, to excavate the surrounding area, and elaborate the project of restoration of one of its churches.
The expedition group, comprised of the first ranking archeologists of Armenia and Artsakh are: Mr. Hamled Petrossian, Archeologist and group leader, Mr. Vartkes Safaryan, Archeologist and Ms. Louda Kirakossian, Architect.
The preliminary report shows that the monastery complex is from 10-14th century. The expedition group will continue its mission until August 30, 2004.
The Monastery is located in the same vicinity as Village of Knaravan, built by YERKIR and sponsored by The Hartounian Family. Knaravan is dedicated to the memory of late Knar Hartounian.
In fall 2004, Knaravan Village will be home to more than 15 families with a school for the children. A health clinic and a city hall will be built by the end of the year.
For detailed information on the monastery and the Knaravan Village, please visit www.knaravan.org.
To get better acquainted with YERKIR and its projects, please visit www.yerkir.org.