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The Aragats project, launched by a group of North American and Armenian archaeologists, has made a surprising find. Three shrines approximately 3,300 years old inside a fortress located on a well-known hill in Armenia called Gegharot.
After having studied the area, it is said that with some possibility, the local rulers of this time came to use the sanctuaries to predict the future using different divinatory techniques, something very ingrained in those years.
Of these shrines It is said that they have a single room, where the different rituals were performed. In this room there was a clay pile full of ashes and several ceramic pots. In the nearby area, different utensils have been found where you can see clay idols with horns, censers to burn substances, seals and a large number of animal bones with different marks.
This excavation is led by Adam Smith of the Jeffrey University, and graduate student Leon Cornell, who have done different field studies of such a finding and already have some conclusions that may shed a little light on this site where these three shrines are located.
According to them, Gegharot's fortress was not the only one in the area, was part of a network of fortresses that were built after the establishment of a single government system that governed and occupied different parts of the region. It was used as an important cult center for the rulers, something that the three sanctuaries demonstrate.
In one of them the fortune-telling from animal bones (osteomancy), something that is demonstrated by the presence of a large number of cattle tabas with burns and different marks.
In the second of the shrines future predictions were made using stones or runes. Conclusion they have reached after finding about 18 pebbles with a rounded shape, a soft touch and a very varied color range.
In the last of the sanctuaries an infrastructure was found that in its time was used for the grinding of cereal and it is believed that the resulting flour could be used for the prediction of the future, what is known as aleuromancy.
These three shrines were active for approximately a century, until the fortresses were razed and the rural nuclei of the area were abandoned little by little, perhaps because of the struggle between peoples for control of the southern Caucasus.
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