Ancient settlements in Azerbaijan to be excavated

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In mid-May, the Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography will begin archaeological excavations in eight ancient settlements discovered in the Sheki-Gakh-Oguz region. 

As a result of research carried out in October-January in the winter pastures in the Sheki-Zagatala-Gakh region, eight ancient settlements dating back to the Bronze Age were found, head of the Sheki-Gakh-Oguz Expedition of the Institute Nasib Mukhtarov told Trend. 

The area of these settlements is 50-60 hectares, he said. Four are located in Gakh, one – in the winter pastures of Zagatala region, the other three settlements in the territory of Sheki region. 

One settlement in Sheki is located 5-6 kilometers from the city, the other two settlements are located in the river valley. 

He said that archaeological work will continue until July. 

Source: Trend [May 05, 2011]