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Location of Ardzea

February 20 2015 at 4:12 AM
RM 

 

In Hamiltons account of 1836 he mentions a city of 800 churches called "Ardzea", located near Erzurum and leveled in 1049. Presumably it did not recover like Ani, as I can find no further record of it, but has the site been located in the modern era?

If Ardzea was as significant as Hamilton implies, and is still lying unscathed, the contribution it might offer to the historical record of the region would be monumental given the ongoing damage to Ani. Assuming of course that legitimate archaeologists ever operate in the region again.

 
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