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Budur fortress

The fortress is located 2 km east of the village of Gandzakar (formerly V. Aghdan), on the top of the mountain of the same name. The entire Aghstev valley and the Lesser Caucasian ridge are clearly visible from here, as well as the group of fortresses of Yenokavan. A rather vast (several hectares) territory is surrounded by the walls of this early Armenian fortress. The walls are three-row, up to 3 m wide, lined with large raw stones, without mortar. Looks like the cyclopean masonry. On the northern side of the fortress, walls 213 m long are laid in one row, and on the eastern side there are two rows of walls 3 m high, and only on the western side the fortress is protected by an impregnable rock. Some parts of the fortress walls have been preserved. Livestock was hidden on the southern slopes of the fortress, where it was impossible to live, and the foundations of apartments are visible in the northern part. On the southern side, two entrances, 2-3 m wide, have been preserved. During excavations in the fortress, 12 red, black and blue earthenware jugs and other archaeological items were found that can be dated to the IV—III centuries BC.
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