Excavations in the area of the Haykaberd (Sardurikhinili) fortress, built by King Sardur II of Urartu and its mausoleum to the north, have gained new information about Urartian burial ceremonies and public life.

Last year, an area was discovered where citizens belonging to the Urartian elite were buried. The skeleton of a 3-year-old child was recently found in that tomb, there were many ornaments around the arm, a bracelet with a dragon’s head.

The child is believed to have belonged to one of the Urartian aristocratic families, whose bronze bracelet with a giant monster head on its arm is found for the first time in the history of excavations in the region.