09:56, 31 August, 2012
YEREVAN, AUGUST 30, ARMENPRESS: The excavation works have resumed in Hadrut destrict Azokh and Drakhtik villages, Artsakh on August 29.Levon Episkoposyan, one of the heads of Azokh cave excavation told in the briefing with Armenpress, the excavations carried out by the group comprising of both European and Armenian specialists are aimed at revealing the cultural layers of the cave. "The excavations carried out in Azokh cave ceased in 1960, yet decades after the works restarted in 2002, current year excavation already mark the the 11th period of the excavations" the interlocutor noted.
In the words of Episkoposyan Azokh cave is the richest historical and cultural monument and in case all the layers of the cave will be examined, it would become possible to gather information about our ancestors and their lifestyle dating back to 350-400 thousand years." Azokh cave excerpts stored in special boxes are being kept in Stepanakert history museum.Those samples which need further study are being sent abroad by our foreign partners’ help due to the lack of appropriate equipment in Armenia" the specialist stated.
Excavation head notes with gratitude on the occasion of NKR declaration day September 2, 15- 20 samples of Azokh cave are scheduled to be demonstrated in Stepanakert history museum."The exhibition will last for two months, high ranking officials, foreign quests are set to take part in the opening ceremony. By the decision of the Government, the same exhibition is set to be launched in Shushi history museum as well, if possible the exhibition will be hosted in capital Yerevan too" the interlocutor underscored.