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Centuries-Old Censer with Incense Remains Found in Armenia's Ohanavan Village Rock-Cut Structure

Updated: Mar 8


Centuries-Old Censer with Incense Remains Found in Armenia's Ohanavan Village Rock-Cut Structure

In a fascinating archaeological discovery, a censer containing remains of incense from the 5th century has been found in an early medieval rock-cut structure in Armenia's Ohanavan village. The censer, a container used for burning incense during religious ceremonies, was among the 56 archaeological objects uncovered in the area.


Archaeologists, working diligently at the Laboratory of Restoration of Museum Objects within the "Service for The Protection of Historical Environment and Cultural -reservations” State Non-commercial Organization (SNCO), carefully cleaned the artifact. In the process, they unveiled remnants of incense that have been preserved within the censer, providing a unique opportunity for further research.


Centuries-Old Censer with Incense Remains Found in Armenia's Ohanavan Village Rock-Cut Structure

Ashot Piliposyan, an archaeologist involved in the project, expressed the significance of the find: "The censer was covered with dust, and it is good that the experts worked with the object. While cleaning it, they found incense from the 5th century, which has a very good aroma."


The SNCO plans to send these well-preserved incense remnants to undergo detailed research. This analysis aims to uncover the composition of the ancient incense and shed light on its historical and cultural significance.


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