US Ambassador to Armenia visits Project ArAGATS

Heffern at Gegharot

Ambassador visits Armenian excavation site

The U.S. Ambassador to Armenia recently toured an archaeological field site in that country, spending time with co-directors Adam T. Smith, professor of anthropology and Lori Khatchadourian, assistant professor and Milstein Sesquicentennial Fellow in the Department of Near Eastern Studies.

John A. Heffern, U.S. ambassador to Armenia, visited the excavations of Project ArAGATS at Gegharot Kurgans, Gegharot Fortress and Tsaghkahovit. After his visit, he tweeted: “Nice get together tonight of @cornell archeology team, Armenia Arch Institute, World Bank, @amap, @USAIDArmenia @IDeArmenia. Great team.”

Project ArAGATS is a collaborative archaeological research program dedicated to the exploration of southern Caucasia’s rich past and the preservation of modern Armenia’s diverse cultural heritage. It was founded in 1998 by Smith and Ruben S. Badalyan of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Yerevan

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