|13 November 2005
Ancient burial mounds unearthed in Armenia
Archaeologists have unearthed in Armenia burial mounds dating back to the third millennium BCE which they believe contain remains and trinkets from ancient Aryan nomads.
Historian Hakob Simonian said that the four mounds were among 30 discovered about 56 km west of the Armenian capital, Yerevan, containing beads made of agate and carnelian as well as the remains of what appears to be a man, aged between 50 and 55. Also found were remains of domesticated horses and glazed pottery appearing to show chariots, Simonian said.
The Aryans, who later became known as Persians, were largely grassland nomads who settled in what is today Iran and eventually in parts of India.
Sources: Associated Press, Yahoo! News (9 November 2005), Iol.co.za (10 November 2005)
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