As material for this research served the following sources: A.A. Abrahamyan "Hieroglyphs", St. T. Melik-Bakhshyan "Signs or Hieroglyphs", the researches by P.G. Safyan, G. K. Karakhanyan, A. A. Martirosyan on the rock arts of Syunik, Vardenis, Jermajour and Gegama mountains. About 300 rock arts and 267 hieroglyphs are used in the research including o Indian, Hetitian and Egyptian hieroglyphs as well. In the main pages of the web site, one may see the rock arts on the left side where the part in the red circle has an obvious resemblance to the hieroglyphs placed on the right. This research drives to a conclusion that the Armenian rock arts served as a huge treasury for creating Armenian and foreign hieroglyphs. Hieroglyphs and signs have a great role in the history of writing (the international term ideogram comes from the Greek words "idea" and "I'm writing"). Usually the hieroglyph is considered as a kind of writing on the primary level of development as they express not the complete words or their various parts, which, of course, do not have any grammatical rules. Consequently, during their interpretation and right reading they make serious difficulties and obstacles. Egytians, Shoumers and the Chinese used this type of writing. Hieroglyphs occur at the nations who had close relationship with the early culture of writing including Armenians. Hieroglyphs are presxdsew32erved in Armenian language, especially in the manuscripts, dictionaries with grammatical content. Their titles are as follows: "Book of Wise Signs", "Interpretation of First Writings", "Explanation of Signs", "Armenian Book of Signs and Their Interpretation", "Signs' Book" etc.
      Among all the signs containing manuscripts that we have in Armenian, the oldest one dates back to 1564. These signs have rather developed forms and according to the specialists, their origin goes back to the 14th century. Since the middle of the 18th century, the specialists of Armenology were interested in hieroglyphs. Mkhitar Sebastatsy was the first to be interested in hieroglyphs. In his book "Haikazan Gender's Grammar of Old Armenian" (Venice 1730) he had published different opinions. Among them were M. Emin, V. Langluan, G. Zarbhanalyan who confirm that hieroglyphs are the ancient variants of Armenian letters, which had been used before the creation of the mesropian alphabet, during the pagan period as shorthhand in stenography. In his book "Armenian Letters" the famous philologist Hr. Acharyan contradicted these statements bringing rather serious and essential approvals and showed that Armenian hieroglyphs appeared long after the invention of Armenian letters that is why in the system of hieroglyphs about 300 images have no connection with them. Those are simply summaries of separate words created with mesropian letters, which have no even a common and firm principal. For example in one of the cases, the word is ideographed with initials:

B= Bartugh, Z= zoravor, V= Vardan etc.

In another case, the sign o is added to the initial either on the left or on the right, for example:

oB = Benjamin, do = dahekan, bo = banali

In certain cases, the summery is formed with the first and the last letters:
Dl = Daniel, gl = govel, gr = gavar etc.
Sometimes not the last but one of the middle letters is added to the first letter:
Tg = tagavor, grp = gavarapet
Alternatively, the same with some ornaments:
Choop = chartarapet, vok = vasn aysorik
Usually the consequence of the letters is changed:
Ghg = geghetsik, Nb = Benjamin
In other cases despite the summery rules, any letter is chosen from the word and it contains in itself the whole hieroglyph:
Ghgh = aghaghak, O = Anton, r or sh = ashakert, Dr = Alexandr, g or i = Egiptos, M = Eremia, vgh = shavigh, mm umemn, tztz = Astvatzatzin etc.There are also some summaries (hieroglyphs) invented from Armenian letters, which obey to no rule, for example:
vr = bambasely, e or r = Abisoghom, z = Mkhitar, g = ashkhar, tz = aparanq.
The problem of the relationship between Armenian and foreign hieroglyphs is another topic of interest. Hr. Acharyan proves that the Armenian forms (Arousiak, Erkinq, Erkir, Ashkhar) were created based on foreign names of constellations (Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn). However, they are so much changed and developed that have no resemblance to their ancestors.
In the "Book of Wise Signs" the main part of the hieroglyphs have no connection with Armenian letters and hieroglyphs. These kinds of signs are either the drawn symbolic images of the word or the alternated versions of the ancient ones. The main words that are worth to pay attention are as follows:

Ator trchun sirt gavazan
Astgh eghjyur erajshtutyun chakat
Lusin vishap ashtarak chanaparh
Ksherk seghan matani mard
Astichan nshkhar tapanak akanj
Lyarn shushan lezu tagavor
Ptugh patvandan khach etc.

     Very often, the hieroglyphs are declined in handwritings and achieve prefixes or suffixes. In that case, the Armenian letters are widely linked with the hieroglyphs.
The above-mentioned statement proposed by Hr. Acharyan proves the idea according to which the Armenian hieroglyphs by their role and importance are not at all, as the ones used in ancient world, because they appeared during the presence of Armenian alphabet and not before it as a prototype. The Armenian hieroglyphs are signs, which consist of images and letters. With the help of these signs, people saved the precious paper and parchment and had the opportunity to express long ideas on rather small areas.
     More than thousand years ago, our ancestors had also expressed their ideas on the rocks. They managed to create various art masterpieces. Unfortunately, not all of them are interpreted.
There are thousands of rock arts, which are spread throughout the Armenian mountainous regions. By their essence, they express a great meaning. Long before the creation of hieroglyphs, there had been rock arts, which could be a valuable "dictionary" for the creators of the medieval Armenian hieroglyphs. If we accept that the creators of those hieroglyphs were acquainted with the rock arts created centuries ago, which is of course undeniable, then they could borrow many elements and their meanings may have a lot in common. By the way, it is like it. You will be convinced about all these after watching our research results. In this site, we placed not all the rock arts of Armenian regions. Only Gegama, Syunik and Vardenis mountains are included. Realizing similar signs in hieroglyphs and rock arts, we are aimed at proving the fact that the bases of hieroglyphs are the rock arts. They are considered to be not only the bases of Armenian but also of Indian, Hetitian and Egyptian hieroglyphs. However, there is also an opinion that the bases of foreign hieroglyphs are not the rock arts but the Armenian hieroglyphs. In both cases, the foreign impact on the Armenian hieroglyphs is excluded, because whenever Indian, Egyptian and Hetitian hieroglyphs were created they could not be more ancient than the Armenian rock arts created thousand of centuries ago. Probably, their impact on the Armenian ones is excluded. Nevertheless, the adverse effect is possible.