Armenia: My 5 Favorite Things in Yerevan’s Archaeological Museum

Armenia: My 5 Favorite Things in Yerevan’s Archaeological Museum

Michel Behar is a long-time MIR Tour Manager with deep knowledge and love of antiquities.

Here are a few of my favorite things in one of my favorite places, Yerevan’s Archaeological Museum in Armenia.

1. The World’s Oldest ShoeIt’s 5,500 years old, and made of leather. The holes used for the shoelaces are clearly visible. It was found in 2008 in an Armenian cave.

2. Wooden ChariotsAltogether some 11 3,500 year wood chariots have been discovered in a necropolis. Some of them were found in Lake Sevan when the water receded in 1956.

The chariots are composed of giant solid oak wheels attached to a body of delicately woven elm, with a mahogany shaft. The chariots held arms, jewelry, and the ashes of rulers, and are decorated with very well preserved bronze statuettes of animals such as deer, tapirs, goats and bulls. 

3. Bronze statuettesThere’s a superb intact bronze group of statuettes of hunters with chariots as well. 

4. Bear and bull vesselsThere are 7th century B.C. clay horn-shaped rhytons, shaped like a bear and bull.

5. Bronze shoe-shaped gobletsThey’re from the 7th century B.C., symbolizing the power of kings.

A bronze goblet similar to the ones on display at the museum<br>Photo: Amy Stidger

A bronze goblet similar to the ones on display at the museum
Photo: Amy Stidger

 

Travel to Armenia with MIR

MIR has nearly 30 years of experience hand-crafting tours to Armenia and the South Caucasus. MIR’s full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise has twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”

You can learn about the traditions of Armenia on MIR’s small group tour, Treasures of the South Caucasus.

Or you can travel to Armenia on a custom private journey or one of MIR’s hand-crafted independent travel itineraries:

Top Photo: The grand entrance of the Yerevan Archaeological Museum. Photo: Amy Stidger

PUBLISHED: February 29, 2016

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