Martiros Kavoukjian (Մարտիրոս Գավուգչյան, Gavowgčyan, August 8, 1908 – August 8, 1988) was an Armenian architect, researcher, Armenologist and historian-archaeologist who has written various books on ancient Armenian history.He is best known for his account of Armenian prehistory in Armenia, Subartu And Sumer, published in 1987 in both English and Armenian.
Because of his interest in the excavation and study of the nearby ruins of ancient cities (in particular, Ninvei), majored in historicity and, in particular, in the history of the Middle East. From the beginning, his work was focused around four key regions of the Middle East – Sumer, Akkad, Assyria and Urartu.
Martiros Kavoukjian was fluent in Armenian, Arabic, French, German, Italian, English and Russian languages, knew and worked in other European and Slavic languages. He also knew six “dead” languages, Akkadian, Assyro-Babilonian, Sumerian, Hurrian, and others, different sciences, archeology, symbology, mythology, lexicology, etc.
Kavoukjian was really an amazing pioneer, imagine already in 1960s he pretty much laid the foundations of much of Armenian History that is only being acknowledged for its depth and breadth. He was born on the 8th day of the 8th month in ’08….He lived EXACTLY for 80 years… and died on his birthday on the 8th day of the 8th month of ’88…It seems through these unending 8s his spirit also reached Infinity…
What an illuminated soul!
Born August 8, 1908 – Died August 8, 1988
8-8-08 to 8-8-88
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