Karnut: A Bronze Age Site in Shirak, Armenia

Speaker: Dr. Aram Yardumian, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Bryn Athyn College

Date & Time: September 26, 2022 at 7:00-8:30pm Yerevan (11:00am-12:30pm EDT)

Language: English

Registration required: https://bit.ly/3TnANPW

Karnut, a Bronze Age Kura-Araxes site situated on the eastern edge of the Shirak Plain in northwestern Armenia, has now been subject to archaeological excavation for over ten years, in total. Rich in burial contexts, Karnut has provided new information about Kura-Araxes mortuary practices. These are subject to ongoing comparison with other Kura-Araxes sites in the Caucasus region. The Karnut burials have also yielded human remains that have, among many others from Armenia, undergone genetic analysis. This talk will present an overview of the site and its finds and will place the genetic results in context. 

Dr. Aram Yardumian (PhD, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania 2015) is Associate Professor at Bryn Athyn College and a Visiting Scholar at the Laboratory of Molecular Anthropology in the University of Pennsylvania Museum. He conducts anthropological genetics and prehistory research in the Caucasus and neighboring regions. Aram Yardumian is also an ARISC Fellow who has been awarded the ARISC Research Fellowship. Funding for this fellowship is provided by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) through a grant to the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). The lectures are free and open to the public. Learn more at www.arisc.org

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