Dovshangishlag is a village in the Alexandropol uezd of the former Iravan governorate, later in the former Aghin (Ani) district, and currently in the Shirak province. The provincial centre lies 20 km to the southwest of the town of Gumru, by the Arpachai, and at a height of 1510 m above sea level.

The Armenians removed from Iran and Türkiye after 1828 were settled in the village. The original inhabitants of the village were ousted stage by stage. In 1918- 1920 the Azerbaijanis were completely deported from the village by armed Armenians. In 1926 one Azerbaijani lived there.

The toponym was coined by combining the words “dovshan” and “gishlag”.

By decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Armenian SSR dated 19 April 1950, the village was renamed “Shirakavan”. According to the law “On the administrative-territorial division of the Republic of Armenia” dated 7 November 1995, it was integrated into the administrative area of the Shirak province.

Geographic coordinates: latitude: 40°41′ N., longitude: 43°44′ E.