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Lava on Gutanasar
Lava on Gutanasar
Church below mountain

Gutanasar or Gut'anasar (Armenian: Գութանասար) is a mountain in the Kotayk Province near Fantan in Armenia. It is a 7,543 ft (2,299 m) high.[1] A small Surb Astvatsatsin Church is located below it.[citation needed] It is a volcano which last erupted 200,000 BP, judging from Ar39/Ar40 dating of lava flows,[2] and one of the common sources of obsidian in archeological sites of Armenia.[3] Neighbouring communities include Fontan and Alapars. The volcano is part of the Geghama mountains volcanic area.[4] and appear to share a common feeding conduit.[5]


  1. ^ Gutanasar Peakery
  2. ^ Wilkinson, Keith; Adler, Daniel; Nahapetyan, Samvel; Smith, Victoria; Mark, Darren; Mallol, Carolina; Blockley, Simon; Gasparian, Boris (1 May 2014). "Middle Pleistocene palaeoenvironments and the late Lower-Middle Palaeolithic of the Hrazdan valley, central Armenia". 16: 1281. Bibcode:2014EGUGA..16.1281W.
  3. ^ Lena Asryan; Andreu Ollé; Norah Moloney; Tania King (2014). "Lithic assemblages of Azokh Cave (Nagorno Karabagh, Lesser Caucasus): Raw materials, technology and regional context". Journal of Lithic Studies. 1 (1).
  4. ^ Badalian, R; Bigazzi, G; Cauvin, M.-C; Chataigner, C; Jrbashyan, R; Karapetyan, S.G; Oddone, M; Poidevin, J.-L (2001). "An international research project on Armenian archaeological sites: fission-track dating of obsidians". Radiation Measurements. 34 (1–6): 373–378. doi:10.1016/S1350-4487(01)00189-5. ISSN 1350-4487.
  5. ^ Frahm, Ellery; Feinberg, Joshua M.; Schmidt-Magee, Beverly A.; Wilkinson, Keith; Gasparyan, Boris; Yeritsyan, Benik; Karapetian, Sergei; Meliksetian, Khachatur; Muth, Michelle J.; Adler, Daniel S. (2014). "Sourcing geochemically identical obsidian: multiscalar magnetic variations in the Gutansar volcanic complex and implications for Palaeolithic research in Armenia". Journal of Archaeological Science. 47: 164–178. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2014.04.015. ISSN 0305-4403.

Coordinates: 40°22′04″N 44°41′02″E / 40.3679°N 44.6839°E / 40.3679; 44.6839