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Archaeologists have found an ancient graffiti during excavations in Artashat where the 4th capital of Armenia founded by King Artashes I in 176 B.C. was located. Director of the Archaeology and Ethnography Institute, National Academy of Science of Armenia, Pavel Avetisyan told ArmInfo the ancient graffiti was found on an ancient wall close to an ancient temple. The ancient graffiti represents horses, arms, armed people or people in queenly robes. The wall is 1.5 meters high and 50-60cm wide. In ancient times
graffiti were of special importance: people were scrawling, carving and painting near temples to get patronage of the Heaven.
"Ancient Roman Graffiti is characteristic to the period of Late Antiquity and the Hellenistic period. For instance, such ancient graffiti have been found in Italy and Spain. In Armenia, ancient graffiti has been found for the first time," Avetisyan said.
Specialists say the graffiti that was found in Artashat dates back to the 3rd-4th centuries A.D. Artashat was founded by King Artashes I
in 176 B.C. in the Ararat Valley. The foundation date ranges between 190-170 B.C. The Romans believed Artashat to be Armenian Carthage, while its founder was believed to be Hannibal.