Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.18
By Ilhama Isabalaeva - Trend:
More than 30,000 samples of the material culture of Azerbaijan have been discovered on the territory of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) and South Caucasus Pipeline, Deputy Director for Research of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) Museibli Najaf told Trend.
He added that the expedition of the Institute conducted extensive excavations on 41 new sites in 2002-2005. Ancient settlements, burial mounds, hundreds of tombstones belonging to different historical periods were studied at these sites in the Ganja-Gazakh region. The studies covered Leylatepe Eneolithic culture, monuments related to the archaeological culture of the Kura-Araz lowland, Tezekend and Khojaly-Gadabay region dating back to the Bronze Age.
Museibli noted that the archaeological excavations carried out within the framework of projects for the construction of the BTC and South Caucasus gas pipeline implemented on the basis of the "Contract of the Century" eliminated stagnation observed in archaeological science in the 1990s.
Scientific interpretation of the detected samples of material culture shed light on some little-known pages of the ancient history of Azerbaijan, theses were defended on the basis of archaeological materials, many scholarly monographs and articles were published.