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(modern name, Getashen-Nerkin), a village on the southeast shore of Lake Sevan in the Armenian SSR. A sumptuous tomb from the Late Bronze Age, dating from the end of the second millennium B.C., was discovered in a burial mound in the Adiaman region in 1908. The tomb’s occupant lay in a vault on a wooden cart decorated with carvings and drawn by oxen. Around him lay the skeletons of people who had been killed at the time of his burial. A great quantity of bronze artifacts was found. Similar burial mounds, such as Lchashen and Mukhan, have proved to be the tombs of leaders of the cattle-raising tribes from the period when primitive communal society was disintegrating. These tribes had a unique and well-developed culture and had intercourse with the countries of the ancient East.


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