RE: Which SourceFebruary 21 2015 at 4:03 AM
Response to Which source?
"*The invasion of the Tartar or Turkoman tribes became every year more destructive. In 1049 they sacked Ardzea, a city near the modern Erzeroum, and leveled its 800 churches to the ground.*"
It's in the last paragraph of the chapter XII excerpt posted on the website. Just a passing mention while discussing the history of the region, though, he doesn't seem to go into any further detail nor mention his sources. I'll have to snoop around those areas you mentioned on maps and see if there's anything visible to indicate a settlement of such size.
The lack of development in this region has really been a tremendous boon, when it comes to aerial surveying at least. When you look at the size of the debris field and earthworks that surround Mren, for example, you really wonder if it was as small as historians have traditionally interpreted it to be. The complete lack of any defensive walls there continues to puzzle me greatly
- VirtualAni - Re - defensive walls at Mren on Feb 26, 2015