July 18, 2024 The sun rises from Anatolia

3500-year-old resting place used by nomadic peoples discovered in Azerbaijan

Azeri and Italian archaeologists have discovered a 3500-year-old rest stop used by nomadic peoples in Azerbaijan.

Working in the area known as Tava Tepe, near the border between Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, the team found the remains of a rest stop.

According to the archaeologists, the monumental structure was used by nomadic communities moving between the Kura River basin and the Caucasus Mountains during the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age, probably between 1500 and 750 BC.

Tava Tepe
Photo: Catania University

The discovery was announced in a press release issued by the University of Catania on July 7.

The study team consists of Prof. Nicola Laneri of Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and Art History at the University of Catania and archaeologists led by Bahtiyar Jalilov (Baku Academy of Sciences) at Tava Tepe in the Aghstafa region of western Azerbaijan.

The structure has a circular and possibly columned entrance. It is covered with reeds. In the center of the complex, which has a diameter of about 15 meters, eight oven-like structures, kitchen utensils, bowls and glasses were found.

Outside the central structure, a dumping area was uncovered. In addition to ceramic potsherds, a large number of animal bones (cattle, sheep and pig) were found.

Tava Tepe
Photo: Catania University

There was also evidence that the resting area was used for ceremonial meals. Archaeologists uncovered an offering pit filled with human figures and broken pottery. The artifacts were buried in a thick layer of ash.

The remains from the kitchen and garbage area will provide new information about the food culture of the period.

tava tepe
Photo: Catania University

The findings from Tava Tepe will be presented at a festival organized by the University of Catania in mid-July. The university will also host the international exhibition “From Babylon to Baghdad: In the Footsteps of Hammurabi” in December.

Cover photo: University of Catania

Banner
Related Articles

Archaeologists discover the smallest Neolithic pot of its kind in China

January 3, 2024

January 3, 2024

Archaeologists have discovered a Neolithic pot, the smallest of its kind, in the Peiligang area in Xinzheng, eastern China’s Henan...

Large circular monument discovered during airport construction in Crete

June 11, 2024

June 11, 2024

A large circular monument was discovered during the excavation works for an airport on Greece’s largest island of Crete. The...

Archaeologists find 1,000-year-old bone skate

March 16, 2024

March 16, 2024

Archaeologists have discovered a 1,000-year-old bone skate in Přerov, Czech Republic. The find is seen as evidence that people in...

Herculaneum papyrus gives information about Plato’s burial place

April 23, 2024

April 23, 2024

Researchers have found evidence of Plato’s burial place in a charred Herculaneum papyrus containing the History of the Academy of...

A 400-year-old idol of Goddess Lakshmi discovered in the foundation excavation of a construction site

April 24, 2024

April 24, 2024

A 400-year-old idol of the goddess Lakshmi was found during the excavation of a foundation for a house construction project...

6,000 life-size terracotta warriors guard a treasure-laden burial chamber

June 9, 2024

June 9, 2024

A new treasure-laden burial chamber has been discovered in the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, guarded by China’s world-famous...

A mass grave containing hundreds of plague victims was found in Germany

March 6, 2024

March 6, 2024

Archaeologists have excavated a mass grave in Germany containing the remains of hundreds of people who died during the Black...

7,000-year-old canoes discovered in Italy show early development of maritime technology in the Mediterranean

March 21, 2024

March 21, 2024

A series of canoes estimated to be 7,000 years old have been discovered in the Neolithic (Late Stone Age) lakeshore...

A 4,500-year-old funerary monument discovered in East Yorkshire

March 26, 2024

March 26, 2024

A 4500-year-old burial monument, along with a burnt mound and parts of a Roman road, have been discovered in East...

First Pacific cities appear 700 years earlier than known

April 16, 2024

April 16, 2024

A new study using LIDAR has found new evidence to suggest that the first Pacific cities were founded in 300...

Greek-Ilyrian helmet more than 2500 years old discovered in Croatia

April 16, 2024

April 16, 2024

A Greek-Illyrian helmet more than 2,500 years old was discovered at the Gomile cave burial site in the village of...

2,500-year-old bronze lamp discovered in Italy linked to the cult of Dionysus

April 13, 2024

April 13, 2024

Discovered in 1840 in a ditch near the town of Cortona in Italy, the 2500-year-old bronze lamp has been the...

New research finds more than a dozen murders in Neolithic Europe in which women were traditionally sacrificed

April 11, 2024

April 11, 2024

New research has identified more than a dozen murders in Neolithic Europe over a 2,000-year period in which women were...

Human traces dating back 14,000 years have been discovered in the rock shelters of Pir-Quch in southern Iran

March 5, 2024

March 5, 2024

Archaeologists have found human traces dating back to around 14,000 years ago in recent excavations in the rock shelters of...

The unique ‘Excalibur’ sword, similar to King Arthur’s legendary sword, has Islamic Origins

April 28, 2024

April 28, 2024

The mysteries of the historical sword, which researchers have dubbed ‘Excalibur’ because of its location and which bears similarities to...

Comments
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *