Historian, researcher and author Samvel Karapetyan passed away today aged 58. His family confirmed the news to the Public Radio of Armenia.
Born in 1961, Samvel Karapetian was an expert in medieval architecture, specializing in the study of the historical monuments of Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and neighbouring countries.
He surveyed and catalogued thousands of artifacts of Armenian history and architecture during the course of more than two decades.
Karapetyan headed the Yerevan branch of the Research on Armenian Architecture NGO.
Karapetyan was also known as an outspoken critic of the treatment of Armenian monuments in Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan․
He presented his findings to the US Congress in 2007 and to the European Court of Human Rights in 2008․
In 2007 he won the Armenian Presidential Humanitarian Sciences Prize for his work in literature.