Suren Ayvazyan

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Suren M. Ayvazyan (4 August 1933 – 11 September 2009)[1] was an Armenian geologist and public figure. He is the author of several works on linguistics and the history of Armenia. He has drawn sharp criticism and accusations from specialists for direct falsification of history.[citation needed]

Works on the history of Armenia[edit]

In 1960 Ayvazyan met with Russian Academician Boris Piotrovsky, who participated in the excavations of the ancient Urartian city of Teishebaini. Ayvazyan discussed with Piotrovsky whether the mythological ancient Armenia described by Movses Khorenatsi was real. Boris Piotrovsky said to him, "As a geologist, you know that no natural process leaves no evidence. If, as you argue, the most ancient Armenia of Movses Khorenatsi is there, please give me an archaeological site in Armenia, which confirms it."[2]

Ayvazyan chose as an example an ancient monument of the Bronze Age, Metsamor, and to demonstrate its relationship with Armenia published a work [3] falsely describing coins with allegedly Hayasan characters on them, ascribing them to the 19th century BC and providing his own 'translation'. (After checking in the Department of Numismatics of the Historical Museum of Armenia in 1968, he found that these coins were issued by the Atabeg dynasty of Azerbaijan in the period 1133-1225).[4]

In the same article, Ayvazyan described the Hayasian inscription, found on the rocks of Metsamor, which, after inspection conducted in 1968 by Professor V. Krachkovsky, were thought to be symbols of the Thuluth Arabic alphabet of the 19th century.[4] This falsification, however, entered some renowned scientific journals, including the Czechoslovak New Orient (Article: Mkrtchian B. "The Mystery of Metsamor"No. 3, VI, 1967) and the magazine Anatolian Studies(Volume XVIII, 1968), as well as in a popular publication of Armenia: the newspaper Komsomolets, dated 15 November 1968 and in the magazine Garun No. 1, 1969). In these publications Ayvazyan argues:

Finally, we found, together with a group of geologists Hayasian archaeological site Metsamor with its development Mining Metallurgy production and hieroglyphic writing system did not leave any doubt about the localization Hayasa within Ararat region of Armenia. Evidence of that is the Metsamor Hayasian (ie ancient), rather than any other monument of culture, are found here in the first Armenian hieroglyphic writing. Their decoding of the authors on the basis of correlation with the Armenian hieroglyphic marks, preserved in several medieval manuscripts of Matenadaran. It ceased to exist centenary misunderstanding - the concept of the state of Urartu.

Thus Ayvazyan created one of the theories of Urartu Armenian origins, supporting which, in addition to the above "evidence" of material culture, carried out in 1963, there exists the translation Urartian cuneiform monuments, ostensibly with the ancient language.[clarification needed] Boris Piotrovsky noted that, in carrying out this work, Ayvazyan did not know that he was repeating work done by A. Mordtman who, in the middle of the 19th century, tried to translate 'in Armenian' all Mesopotamian cuneiform monuments [5] — труд, давно отвергнутый наукой[4] - work that has long ago been rejected by science.[4]

Despite the discovery of falsification, Suren Ayvazyan continues to publish the results of his 'studies' in the popular press, for example, by including them in his book The history of Russia. Armenian traces, which was published in Moscow in 1997 and 2000.

Works on the History of Russia[edit]

Ayvazyan published a series of surprising assertions regarding the history of Russia. In particular, he argues that the birthplace of the Proto-Russian was the Armenian Highlands in the 11th millennium BC. He also argues that Armenian Smbat Bargatuni founded Kiev, that the Christian churches of Kiev and Novgorod were built by Armenian architects in the 10th to the 11th centuries, that the Armenians introduced Christianity to Russia, and that the real name of Yuri Dolgoruki was Gevorg Bagratuni.

These opinions, according to Ayvazyan, are related to the fact that Mount Small Ararat is formed like a female breast. The other name for this mountain Sys, in Russian, is short for the female breast.[clarification needed] It is also related to the alleged (but not documented in the scientific literature) detection in the Armenian highlands of 'Slavic skulls', dated by Ayvazyan as the second millennium BC. However, a large part of his claims are based only on many linguistic parallels and archaeological research.[2]

Socio-political activities[edit]

In the years of the USSR's reorganization Ayvazian was active in the Popular Front for Armenia, and signed a number of letters to Mikhail Gorbachev, then the head of the Soviet state, about the transfer of the Nagorno-Karabakh region to Armenia. In 2001 Ayvazyan wrote a letter to British Queen Elizabeth II to demand the return of Armenian treasures, consisting of the treasures of Cilicia, which according to some information Levon VI left in the possession of the English King Edward III (1327–1377).[6][7]


  1. ^ Biography of Suren Ayvazyan (Russian)
  2. ^ a b Айвазян С. М. История России. Армянский след, «Крон-Пресс», Москва, 2000 ISBN 5-232-01223-1
  3. ^ Айвазян С. М. Известия Академии Наук Армянской ССР, серия Науки о Земле, XVII, 6, Ереван, 1964
  4. ^ a b c d Boris Piotrovsky Письмо в редакцию // Историко-филологический журнал, Ереван, № 3, 1971
  5. ^ Mordtmann A.D. Über die Keilinschriften von Armenien // Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft, Leipzig, XXXI, 1877
  6. ^ Новость сайта от 10 мая 2001 года
  7. ^ Газета «КоммерсантЪ» № 81 (2211) от 15.05.2001. Англичане — это армяне. И Британия должна Армении много денег.