Ancient necropolis came to surface in Azerbaijan’s Shamakhy as a result of torrent - PHOTO

Ancient necropolis came to surface in Azerbaijan’s Shamakhy as a result of torrent - PHOTO
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  • calendar-gray 05 August 2020

The torrent waters emerged as a result of the heavy rain fallen a few days ago have cause detection of a necropolis dating back to antique era on the territory of Gushchu village of Shamakhy region, the press secretary of the State Service for Protection, Development and Restoration of Cultural Heritage under the Ministry of Culture Fariz Huseynli told APA.

He said the torrent waters uncovered the ancient graves on the homestead area owned by a resident of the village Namig Mustafayev: “The resident of the village told this. In connection with this, the head of the Shamakhy Archeological Expedition of the Archeology and Ethnography Institute of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) Akif Guliyev and the regional monuments guard Yasin Nuriyev conducted a visual inspection of the territory. During the visual inspection it became clear that as a result of the impact of the torrent waters, 9 graves came to the surface on the slope part of the homestead area owned by the aforementioned citizen. The graves dug in the soil were covered with large flagstones. The graves are situated at the depth of 1.5-1.8 meters from the ground surface”.

F. Huseynli noted that as a result of investigations conducted in the area, 10 pieces of pottery of different sizes and shapes, pottery figures - idols, griffins, animal figures (horse, ram), metal coins have been revealed: “Among the findings, bird-headed human figures are of great interest. Such kind of griffins was characterized by Thoth goddess of wisdom and science in ancient Egypt. Numismatic materials found in the tomb chamber confirm that the necropolis belongs to I century. Archeological research works to be conducted in the monument will clarify many points.”

F. Huseynli also stressed that the Gushchu village of Shamakhi district is rich with monuments belonging to antiques and early middle ages. Formerly, large-scale archeological research works were carried out in Galajik settlement, in the necropolises belonging to the Ancient and Early Middle Ages.

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Mirmehdi Aghaoghlu

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