New Publication on Ancient Earthen Architecture

ANEE-researcher Dr. Marta Lorenzon in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team has published a new Open Access study on mudbrick architecture in 1st century BCE Armenia.

The article was published in PLOS One on October 13th. You can read the abstract below, and access the Open Access article at the link at the end of the page.

Mudbrick constructions are extremely common in ancient western Asia, including southern Caucasus and Armenian highlands. Artashat/Artaxata (Ararat region, Armenia) was the capital of the Armenian Kingdom of the Artaxiads, founded in the eighties of the 2nd century BC, but even before this the site was occupied in the Chalcolithic period, (ca. 5200-3500 BC), Early Iron Age (ca. 1200-900 BC) and in the Urartian period (ca. 800–600 BC) as well. This study carried out by a multidisciplinary international team marks a milestone in the research of earthen architecture as it is one of the first studies to unveil evidence of the re-use of building materials within earthen architecture, shedding light on ancient construction practices that have long been understudied.