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Turco-Armenian Relations ( I )
In view of different claims of land ownership in this part of Caucasus, which some Armenians trace to the legend of Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat, let us see first, how much validity these tales hold from standpoint of scholarschip vs. divinity.
If we are to believe the teachings of all the holy books, we must conclude that Adam was made of mud and our first grand-grandfather Abraham was the first human from whom we are all born. I am still unclear if, humankind started with Abraham or with the "Children of Noah!"
Anyway, the period of time all books refer to , is the last Ice Age, which means that we are speaking of only 10.000-8.000 years BC. This means, that if we can prove that humans lived before Abraham or Noah (10000-8000 years BC.) then, the whole theory of "cration" and "celestial rights of ownership of land" collapses into cosmic dust.
According to discovery of the rock-drawings of the VAN region by Dr.Oktay Belli of Turkish Historical Society at Yedisalkım region of the HAKKARİ mountains these are dated 15.000-7.000 BC.
Furthermore, accordng to paleontologists, the existence of Homo Sapiens in Anatolia goes back to about 600.000 years BC !
Those who wish to argue the "truth" of science vs.fiction may please refer directly to the footnoted sources below:
* L.Slimak - 2004 Implantations humanines et exploitation des obsidiennes en Anatolie Centrale, Durant le Pleistocene, Paleorient , 30/2, 7-20
*L.Slimak , H.Roche, D.Mouralis, H.Buitenhuis, N.Balkan-Atlı, D.Binder & C.Kuzucuoğlu, M.Grenet - Kaletepe Deresi 3 (Turquie) aspects archeologiques, chronologiques et paleontologiques d'une sequence Pleistocene en Anatolie Centrale (Comptes Rendu Palevol de l'Academie des Science de PAris, Vol,3,411-420)
Now that we have filed the Biblical rights regarding "who was first" in Anatolia, let us see what different writers have said about Armenia and the Aryan Race of Armenians:
"Armenia, East of Anatolia, extending to the region of Caucasus and the PErsian border, is the site of the ancient Kingdom of Armenia. The population is not wholly Armenian- in fact, even before the Great War, the majority of the people were Turks and Kurds, but here the bulk of the Armenian race was found. It is a rugged land, a succession of mountains and valleys, where the people have had to contend with nature for the establishment of their homes ; but like all highland countries, it has been the means of producing a religious, freedom-loving people"
"As with so many other place names, the name "Armenia" designates a geographical region, not a people. The Armenians call themselves "Haik" in thier own language. This already indicates that the area known as Armenia is in no way their place of origin."
"...that the Armenians arrived in Anatolia. At end of the 5th century (401-400 BC.), Xenophan wrote in Anabasis of the Armenians in connecton with other anatolian tribes. The very first mention of the Armenians anywhere is to be found in the tri-lingual (Persian, Babylonian and Elamitic) inscription of Behistun in western Iran, in which the Persian King Darius (485 BC.) lists Armenia as one of his suzerainties. This first written record could be seen as having symbolic significance in light of the fact taht the Armenian communities almost never in their history rose aboce the status of suzerainties, or at best semi-autonomous principalities..."
" A royal inscription on the castle of Van in Eastern Anatolia ! The Urartu script has recently been deciphered. It has now been firmly established that the Urartian language is of Asian origin. It belongs, like Turkish, to the agglutinative languages. Linguists believe that the Hurrians came to Anatolia from the steppes and mountains of Central Asia. The Urartus came from the same area, splitting with the Hurrians around the middle of the third millennium BC. Today, we know for certain that there is no connection between Urartian of Hurrian and the Indo-European Armenian language (aside from certain Urartian elements that were taken over by the speakers of Armenian after their immigration). Armenian belongs to the Satem group of Indo-European languages, whereas Urartian has the peculiar feature of forming new words by simply adding suffiexes to a given root."
more in the book
THE GENOCİDE OF TRUTH - by ŞÜKRÜ SERVER AYA
for Turks -Armenian Relations
TARİH YAPMAK KADAR MÜHİMDİR;
YAZAN YAPANA SADIK KALMAZSA
İNSANLIĞI ŞAŞIRTAN BİR HAL ALIR".