New Light from Old Collections: Medieval Archaeology in Armenia’s Museums


Dr. Kathryn Franklin, Birkbeck University of London, ARISC Fellow

Karen Azatyan, Director, Yeghegnadzor Regional Museum, ARISC Fellow

Dr. Astghik Babajanyan, RA NAS Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography

Dr. Hasmik Hovhannisyan, History Museum of Armenia

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 7:00-8:30pm Yerevan (10:00am EST)

Language: English

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This virtual workshop will center on the potential contained in Armenia’s museums, which store and preserve medieval materials from systematic excavations as well as chance finds from the last century. The workshop will take the form of a conversation in English among medieval archaeologists working on complementary aspects and in different contexts. The participants will discuss recent ARISC-supported collaborative work between the Vayots Dzor Silk Road Survey and the Yeghegnadzor Regional Museum. Topics will include challenges and possibilities for incorporating historical collections into ongoing research and heritage discourse.

Dr. Kathryn Franklin is an anthropological archaeologist and medieval historian. Dr. Franklin is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London. She has worked on caravan infrastructure, medieval embodied politics, landscape, memory, and everyday life; her first book Everyday Cosmopolitanisms: Living the Silk Road in Medieval Armenia was published in 2021 by University of California Press. Dr. Franklin is also an ARISC Fellow who has been awarded ARISC Collaborative Heritage Management in Armenia Grant.

Karen Azatyan is the Director of the Yeghegnadzor Regional Museum and an archaeologist focusing on prehistoric landscapes of the South Caucasus. Mr. Azatyan is a member of multiple international collaborative research projects and has published on work on multiple periods in sites and regions across the Republic of Armenia. He is also an ARISC Fellow who has been awarded ARISC Collaborative Heritage Management in Armenia Grant.

Dr. Astghik Babajanyan is an archaeologist specializing in the High and Late medieval archaeology and History of Armenia. She is a senior research fellow in the Department of Medieval Archaeology of Armenia at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, NAS RA. Dr. Babajanyan’s research focuses on materiality and medieval Silk Road culture.

Dr. Hasmik Hovhannisyan is a numismatist whose research has mainly focused on Byzantine coins, which circulated in Armenia. Since 2000, she has been working at the Numismatics Department of the History Museum of Armenia. She is the curator of Byzantine coins and keeper of the Medals and 19th-20th century Coins collections. Her other major research focus relates to archaeology. She has participated in the excavations of various archaeological sites in Armenia. Currently, she is working on the publication of the “Sylloge Nummorum Byzantinorum” series (5 volume) of the History Museum of Armenia.

Funding for this project comes from the ARISC Collaborative Heritage Management Grant in Armenia, funded by private donations. The lectures are free and open to the public. Learn more at

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