Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 23
By Ilhama Isabalayeva - Trend:
Azerbaijani archaeologists discovered new finds in the ancient settlement of Mahta I, located on the territory of Sharur region of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (NAR), head of the department at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) Safar Ashurov told Trend Aug. 23.
"The archaeologists discover the finds referring to the Early Bronze Age in the territory of the ancient settlement of Mahta I," he added.
Ashurov said that the excavations were conducted in an area of 300 square meters and the layer was examined at a depth of up to three meters.
"The ruins of two circular stone structures were found during excavations," Ashurov added.
"An ash layer was discovered inside of one of these circular structures," he said. "It is 30-40 cm thick. This testifies to the fact that the structure had a domed wooden roof."
"Pottery was presented by simple and colorful dishes during that era," he said. "The red paint used in one of the dishes testifies to this. A variety of stone items discovered during excavations, especially tools for threshing grain, testifies to the fact that the population was mainly engaged in agriculture during that period and had a sedentary lifestyle. Each construction in the ancient settlement had its own specific function."