New Details were found  on Armenian Manuscripts in Jordan

  • by Western Armenia, December 14, 2023 in Culture

Head of YSU Department of Cultural Studies, doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Hamlet Petrosyan

presented details on the newly discovered Armenian inscriptions  in the result of archaeological research. He noted that he was personally invited by the Expedition of the University of Florence to get acquanted with two slabs on Armenian inscriptions and to study the circumstances of their discovery. Hamlet Petrosyan told that he has been coorporated with  the Department of Medieval  Archeology of the University of Florence for more than 10 years. Petrosyan also mentioned about  the book “Yeghegis” which soon will be published which  is devoted to Vayots Dzor important role during mongole invasions.

By the initial hypothesis there was a large cemetery in the area and it s mord likely  that these slabs originated from some of their structures.

"Newly Discovered Armenian Inscriptions of Jordan".personally invited by the expedition of the University of Florence excavating the 12th century castle,got acquainted with the two slabs with Armenian inscriptions found in the courtyard of the church built by the Crusaders, investigated the circumstances of the discovery.Hamlet Petrosyan noted in his speech that he has been cooperating with the Department of Medieval Archeology of the University of Florence for more than 10 years.Investegated the Vayotsdzor section of  the Silk Road. Petrosyan noted that  book "Yeghegis" will be published soon.dedicated during the period of Mongol rule to the special role of Vayots Dzor. It is already the third year the Armenian-Italian expedition has been conducting joint excavations in Dvin.Since our partners are also members of the Petra-Schoubach Archaeological Expedition of the University of Florence, we are in closd connections and this is not for the first time that we talked about the relations of Armenian Kilikia during the Crusader period, the religious and cultural presence of Armenians in those territories. We are eager that our archaeologists during the excavations of Shoubak  archaeologists while removing waste in the non-cultural layer accidentally found a slab with Armenian inscriptions" said Petrosyan by adding “

that they went there with Tatyana Vardanesova, an archaeologist and a member of Dvin's expedition.According to the archaeologist, the more active Armenian presence in Jordan is seen in  parallel to the crusades invasions.The Crusaders tried to get support from the KiliKian kings or authorities for many times.The kings of Kilikia also strived  to receive their crown from the European monarchs. Already from the 12th century, especially during the Third Crusade invesion 

There were very intensive relations between the kilickian kingdom and the Jordanian leader Salah ad-Din on the one hand, and with crusaders on the other.The slabs with Armenian inscriptions were found by the crusaders in  Castle․