CHAGGALLYGTEPE: NEW RUINS OF BUILDINGS INHERENT TO THE KURA-ARAX CULTURE HAVE BEEN REVEALED
In the course of the next stage of archaeological excavations carried out on the Chaggallygtepe monument (the end of the IV millennium BC - the beginning of the III millennium) in the territory of Shabran district were revealed new ruins of the structures inherent in the Kura-Arax culture.
The finds found on the monument located on the territory of Aygunlu village in this region refer to the Kura-Arax culture. The monument, dating back to the end of the 4th millennium BC - the beginning of the 3rd millennium, is the oldest settlement in the north-east of Azerbaijan.
The head of the Shabran archaeological expedition of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of ANAS is PhD Safar Ashurov. A member of the expedition Sevinj Huseynova reported that at this stage of the excavation a round-shaped structure related to the Kura-Araxian culture was discovered.
The archaeologist added that the most important findings discovered at this stage of the excavation are clay objects, which in the scientific literature are known as token. Tokens are made of clay special tokens, intended for pre-written exchange. Relating to the early Bronze Age, these objects were still found in Azerbaijan only on the historical monument of Makhta on the territory of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.
Ancient settlements in the territory of Chaggallygtepe were registered in the 70s of the last century. During the archaeological excavations carried out in 2016 on the Chaggallygtepe monument, houses with 5,000 years of history were identified.
In the future, archaeological excavations will attract international expeditions.
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