Campaign News 2016
This week, after many days of digging, the volunteers have finally reached the level where they can find artifacts belonging to the church. The volunteers have stopped using shovels and use small tools to finely sieve though the dirt. There was much excitement when they found small pieces of engraved facades of the church, buttons belonging to clergy vestments, pottery and other objects that will be taken either to the museum or used after reconstruction to be placed in the church. It is hard to tell who is more excited, the volunteers or our on site archeologists, Armen Nalbandian and Harutyun Badalyan The mixed group include our first volunteer from Mexico.
After four days of constant digging, our volunteers have almost completed the excavation of the exterior perimeter of the church. Soon they will start building the retaining wall, with local workers, so that reconstruction can safely begin on the church.
After a hard day of shoveling and digging, our group still had energy for an impromptu soccer match with local youth. Everyone enjoyed the camaraderie and LCO volunteers won the match. A rematch will be set up soon.
Our first campaign in the town of Meghri began with fourteen volunteers from various parts of Armenia and diaspora.
St. Hovaness Church is located on a hilltop overlooking the old city of Meghri. Located in the very southern tip of Armenia, in Syunik region, Meghri is a very quaint and charming town.