Shengavit Archaeology Project
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Shengavit is a six-hectare archaeological site in the city of Yerevan in Armenia. The mound, which sits on a bluff above the Hrazdan River (now the artificial Lake Yerevan), was continuously occupied from about 2900-2450 BC. Its remains are those of the second phase (KA2) of the Kura-Araxes cultural tradition. The site had been excavated since the 1930’s. No complete publication has ever been published, although the dissertation of its first professional excavator, Ye. Bayburtian, appeared in Russian, as was a catalog of the artifacts housed in the Armenian History Museum. After three more seasons of excavation using modern methodology in 2009, 2010, and 2012, that final report will appear in 2023 in Shengavit: A Kura-Araxes Center in Armenia, edited by Hakob Simonyan and Mitchell Rothman (MAZDA Publications). Given its importance and the limits of material one can put in a book, this web archive will include data bases for such artifact classes as pottery, ground, stone, bone tools, archaeobotany, and archaeozoology that the authors used for their analyses, photographs from those categories, field notes and field photographs, and scans of published resources on the subject.