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Mysteries of Armenia

In the Sublunary World

100_1594_v_podlunnom_mireAstrologers were the ancient scientists of the Mountainous Island. The petroglyphic of the Armenian plateau testify their extensive knowledge in astronomy. By various estimations, the first images of celestial discs are about ten to seven thousand years old. The discovery of whole complexes of petroglyphic astronomic galleries, dating back to the 4th – 2nd millenniums BC, on the slopes of Geghama and Vardenis mountain ranges, was a sensational revelation. The researchers were particularly interested in the images of discs with divergent rays. Twenty seven of those rays were identical, two of them had different length, and one was the shortest. Specialists voice no doubt that these finds represent the world first graphic manifestation of the lunar calendar. Petroglyphs with cosmic images are common in various regions of Armenia. They are particularly widespread on the slopes of the Serpent Mountain, Ukhtasar, Ishkhanasar, on the volcanic massif of Syunik. Located at the height of over 3000 m, the richest galleries often constitute entire multi-kilometer corridors. On some of the rock canvases, scientists have detected images of constellations of Leo, Scorpio, Pisces, Gemini and others. Most of these symbols, however, still need to be deciphered.

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