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by Karina Manukyan
The first traces of Homo sapiens in Armenia are 40,000 years old.
Director of the Archeology and Ethnography Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia Pavel Avetisyan has told ArmInfo that when excavating the Aghitu-3 cave in Syunik region, they found traces proving that there was Homo sapiens in the territory of Armenia 35,000- 40,000 years ago.
"This will help us to understand in what directions Homo sapiens spread from Africa. It is obvious that the territory of present-day Armenia was one of them," Avetisyan said.
Earlier the head of the Aghitu-3 expedition Boris Gasparyan told ArmInfo that in the cave they had found flint stone and obsidian tools, altars and carcasses of animals.
In the past it was believed that there could be early man in the territory of the Armenian Plateau because of high altitude and very cold weather, but Aghitu-3 is located at an altitude of 1,600 meters above the sea level. The life of its inhabitants was not easy though: hunting, fishing, gathering.