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Damjili stone age cave camp

Damjili cave is situated at the eastern bottom of the Avey mountain near Dashsalahli village. Within 3 years starting 1956 a fundamental expedition was held under the supervision of archaeologist M.Huseynov. The expedition discovered about 30 caves belonging to ancient settlers at the foot of Avey mountain. Damjili cave is the biggest and most important one of the Stone Age settlements found there. It is in semicircular shape with overall area of 17 x 27 m.

During the excavations various kinds of stone tools made by primitive men and the remains of half-burned bones of hunting animals were found in Damjili cave. The stone tools found here date from the Middle Paleolith - Mousterian period (70-35 thousand years ago), Upper Paleolith and Neolith. This in turn indicates that there had been a stable human settlement in the cave for a few milleniums.