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Archaeological settlement Baba-Dervish

The Baba-Dervish settlement is situated near Khanliqlar village on the left bank of Agstafa river. Archaeological excavation were organized and very interesting findings from different historic periods were made here in 1958-62 and 1966. In general, ancient Baba-Dervish settlement consists of the chain of 5 hills. According to the archaeological materials, Baba-Dervish settlement existed as early as in the 3rd millennium BC and its inhabitants created numerous tangible cultural patterns.

Another rare finding made in Baba-Dervish in 1966 was a catacomb type of grave. A small clayey dish for milk, a wooden basin in the type of copper ware, an iron knife with one blade, fragments of wood weaving loom, bone knitting needle and bronze needles were found here together with a corpse.

The ancient cemetery in Baba-Dervish settlement

The materials found in Baba-Dervish allow to make some substantial conclusions about that period. First, the inhabitants had sedentary life and were basically engaged in farming. Second, cattle-raising was also significant in their household. Third, weaving and pottery were among the main occupations of the inhabitants; home utensils, clothes, household tools and decorations were made in the settlement. By chronological order, the residences are similar to the architectural facilities found in Khojali and Gadabey of Azerbaijan dating from the 12th-7th centuries BC.