Hungarian police released footage of ancient artifacts smuggled last year by a Turkish truck driver under way to Lithuania. The trove included ancient Sumerian, Persian, Assyrian and most of all Armenian antiquities of the Urartian era (Kingdom of Van). The artifacts dated to as early as 900 BC., included a helmet, small bells and horse tack, were likely from the grave of a high-raking military officer from the Kingdom of Van.
The Kingdom of Van was an Iron Age Armenian kingdom (also known as Urartu) famed for one of the finest examples of ancient art. At its zenith it had a profound cultural influence on its neighbors reaching as far as Asia and Europe. The kingdom was anciently known by various names in different cultures. In the trilingual Behistun inscription of Darius the Great (c.520 BC), the Babylonian and Assyrian toponym Urartu is called Armenia in Old Persian and Harminuia in Elamite. In the Bible this kingdom is called Ararat.
The contraband artifacts were discovered last year during a routine search of a truck driven by a Turkish citizen. The investigation is said to have been completed and the Turkish driver is charged with receiving stolen goods.
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it’s so important to keep the news of Armenia “Alive.” I’ve read several of the articles and appreciate their fullness and depth. Keep up the Good Work. Thank you.
Oh why they don’t hand it to the “lawfull owners” like they claim to be Turkey and Azerbaijan … as they been there as countries “forever “
As most of the antiquities and the artefacts are Armenian from the Kingdom of Van, it should be handed to the lawful and the REAL owner which is the present Armenian Republic.
Quite possibly these were destined to the coffers of Coward Thief Beggar Victor Urban of Hungary.
This coward released a murderer thinking that aliyev will reward him with $1.5 billion. Little did this beggar knew that aliyev has Never kept his word, ever.
Wow photos alone are so stunning! Thank you so much for posting this article. Makes me sad how common this has been throughout history. Makes me so mad and sad to take in constant attach on our History.
Quite an interesting blog it is, thank for the share..