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This article discusses findings from excavations at Ayanis. The Ayanis fortress lies thirty-five kilometers north of the modern town of Van and near the village of Agartı, on the eastern shore of Lake Van. It was originally built on a rocky hill 150 × 400 m in size; the lower town lies below, covering an area of at least eighty hectares. The fortress offers two occupational levels, the earlier dating to the Iron Age II Period and the later to the Medieval, ca. tenth to eleventh centuries CE.
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