The Vayots Dzor province of Armenia, a high-alpine region known today for its wine production and spectacular vistas, is the home of our archaeological project.
In antiquity, the region was an important corridor for travel and habitation, and it boasts numerous historical and archaeological remains. Fortress architecture became an important part of the landscape starting in the Bronze Age, and continued to be adopted by the inhabitants of the valleys of the region well into the medieval period.
Fortresses, both theoretically and physically, are situated at the nexus of trade, communication, mobility and defense. It was towards understanding the historically contingent reasons that people constructed fortress landscapes that the VDFLP was born.
To accomplish our research goals, the project employs a variety of geospatial technologies and scientific methodologies as a part of our digital humanities research model.