Dera SorApril 14 2012 at 4:48 PM
|Andrew Collins |
Response to Google Earth
Yes, we have checked the elevation and views from Dera Sor (the Red Church) using Google Earth and find they perfectly fit the description of what might be seen on a clear day from Yeghrdut monastery according the Armenian Place-name Dictionary as cited by Raffi. This includes Mt Ararat, Sipan Dag, Nemrut Dag, Bingol Dag and Karapet monastery. Grgur is presumably Gurgur, an old Armenian village that would seem to have existed somewhere in the vicinity of modern-day Kizilagac. It took its name from the gurgling or rushing sounds of the waters of the Murad/Aratsani/Eastern Euphrates as they crash down into a gorge north of this position.
It looks likely that Dera Sor is Yeghrdut, although actual confirmation of this fact has yet to be found.
Thank you for your help.