I absolutely love this project. The Aragats Foundation is dedicated to promoting and preserving Armenian heritage and at the same time helping local communities in Armenia to improve education, encourage tourism and foster sustainable development. An absolutely wonderful project founded in 2014 as a non-profit organization directed by Lori Khatchadourian, Adam T. Smith and Elen Aghekyan. They aim to improve communities, enhance education, and preserve Armenia’s past for future generations.
Earlier I have shared some of the amazing footage of the Drone Archaeology conducted by the Project ArAGATS research team. The Aragats Foundation was founded by members of Project ArAGATS, an Armenian-American collaboration begun in 1998. It is now the oldest international project in Armenia and has trained generations of American and Armenian archaeologists.
It is often said that Armenia is an open air museum, which is certainly true, but I personally have come to understand that what we know of Armenian heritage is just the tip of the iceberg. It is therefore great to see such a project where preservation and education is combined with economic incentives for the local communities. Armenia has great potential for growth (especially when it comes to tourism) and these types of out of the box thinking is certainly encouraging. I hope we can all support this non-profit organisation. Visit their website to learn more about The Aragats Foundation: http://www.aragats.org/