Ayanis: An Iron age Site in the East

Altan Çilingiroğlu

in The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Anatolia

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195376142
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Ayanis: An Iron age Site in the East

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This article discusses findings from excavations at Ayanis. The Ayanis fortress lies thirty-five kilometers north of the modern town of Van and near the village of Agartı, on the eastern shore of Lake Van. It was originally built on a rocky hill 150 × 400 m in size; the lower town lies below, covering an area of at least eighty hectares. The fortress offers two occupational levels, the earlier dating to the Iron Age II Period and the later to the Medieval, ca. tenth to eleventh centuries CE.

Keywords: excavations; archaeological sites; fortress

Article.  5110 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology of the Near East

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