Necropolis from Late Antiquity uncovered in Azerbaijan

Archaeologists uncovered an ancient necropolis dated to the Late Antiquity in the Demirchi village of Azerbaijan’s Shamakhy district.

One of the graves (by Azeri-Press Agency)

The site is believed to cover an area of 3 hectares. The first archaeological finds from the site were made during a road construction in the area. The extensive excavations resulted in the discovery of up to 30 stone graves 50 to 80 centimetres beneath the ground. The slab stones used as cover are 2 meters in length and 1.5 meters in width. They are 10 to 40 centimetres thick and weigh 150 to 300 kilograms.

The necropolis at Demirchi (by Azeri-Press Agency)

The researchers also discovered glass and metal items inside the graves, including silver bowls under the skulls with pieces of cloth inside. These finds are highly important as they are believed to be the oldest samples of cloth ever found in Azerbaijan. The researchers date back the site to the III-IV centuries AD.

Late Antiquity grave (by Azeri-Press Agency)
One of the unearthed graves (by Azeri-Press Agency)
Site of excavations (by Azeri-Press Agency)
Content of one of the graves (by Azeri-Press Agency)

(after Azeri-Press Agency)

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