Vishapakar- dragon stones recently discovered in the Aragats mountain range of Armenia
In 2012, a fascinating archaeological discovery was made in the southern part of the Mount Aragats range. The expedition of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia and the University of Venice uncovered a new monument named Tirinkatar (Red Mountain). The site is located at an altitude of about 3000 m above sea level on a plateau with an area of about 40 hectares. It is home to 12 dragon stones concentrated in cromlech-type structures, surrounded by other cromlechs, rock paintings, circular structures, giant houses, and more. Since 2013, excavations have been ongoing at Tirinkatar to understand the phenomenon of dragon stones better and date these monuments. Leading the expedition from the Armenian side is the esteemed director of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences, Arsen Bobokyan.