Project Discovery Funds International Conference in Armenia

Project Discovery will fund, in part, an international conference to be held in Yerevan from Sept. 22-24. The conference, entitled “Urartu and its Neighbors,” is being organized by the Association for Near Eastern and Caucasian Studies, which publishes “ARAMAZD: Armenian Journal of Near Eastern Studies.”

The conference is being held in honor of Prof. Nicolay Harutyunyan on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Harutyunyan is the preeminent scholar in Armenia, and one of the world’s foremost scholars, on the subject of Urartu, the first kingdom established on the Armenian Plateau in the early centuries of the first millennium B.C. He is the director of the Department of Ancient Near East History at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Academy of Sciences, in Armenia, as well as a professor of history at the Yerevan Pedagogic University, where he lectures on the history of the Ancient Near East, ancient Greece, and ancient Rome. He is the author of 5 books and some 50 articles on the history, language, and culture of Urartu and the Ancient Near East.

Twenty-one leading scholars from Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United States, and 14 scholars from Armenia, will present papers at the conference—the first in this field to ever be held in Armenia. The conference will provide much-needed international recognition of the contribution Armenian scholars have made in the area of Urartian studies to date. It also promises to launch future scientific collaborations between Armenian scholars and their international colleagues.

As a direct result of Project Discovery’s funding of this conference, the organizers were able to secure financial support from several other organizations, including the Institute of Oriental Studies and the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences, Armenia; the Committee of Science, Ministry of Science and Education, Republic of Armenia; and the German University in Yerevan.

The conference will be open to the public. For more information, email Dr. Yervand Grekyan at

Project Discovery is an independent charitable organization dedicated to the discovery and preservation of Armenia’s historical and cultural legacy. For more information, visit

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