Lori Khatchadourian (Near East Studies)

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Lori Khatchadourian (Near East Studies)

Project Title: 
Resilience and Ruination in Mountain Communities: Comparative Regional Settlement Dynamics in the South Caucasus from the Bronze Age to Today
Project Abstract: 
This research is organized under the auspices of a joint American-Armenian initiative known as the Project for the Archaeology and Geography of Ancient Transcaucasian Societies (Project ArAGATS: http://aragats.arts.cornell.edu). Over the past 15 years, Project ArAGATS has assembled an account of long-term social dynamics in the Tsaghkahovit Plain of Armenia from the Bronze Age to the modern era. Among the notable findings of our investigations are a number of enduring hiatuses in regional occupation, suggestive of recurrent episodes of social ruination. The proposed research investigates understandings of resilience and ruination in the mountains of the South Caucasus by extending the work of Project ArAGATS. As a pilot project, a regional survey will be initiated to determine whether the patterns of ruination detected in the Tsaghkahovit Plain are echoed in the adjacent but lower elevation Kasakh corridor. The results of this pilot research, will form the basis of an effort to secure external funding for a multi-year project focused on explaining similarities and differences in settlement patterns of the two regions and tracking the potential impact of paleo-environmental trends.