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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Greek Tufa Plaque, from Vagharshapat, Armenia

Below is my rendering from my sketch taken of a plaque in the Roman section of the National Museum Of Armenia, Yerevan, in 2011.

The text is taken from what I wrote and could see.
Certain parts of the text have been worn off, but it looks more random, such as a fall, than deliberate chiseling off.
The plaque is in the typical Roman "notice board" style, so though the letters are Greek, it must date from the Roman occupation of Armenia, perhaps the occupation of 163 - 186 A D.

The museum description gave the location of its find as Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin) with a dating of 165 A D, and if it is a reliable date, that era would be the campaign of Lucius Verus.

The stone is Tufa, and of an orange colour, the length was about 1.5 metres.

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