By Laman Ismayilova
Archaeologists of several countries investigated the mounds of the late bronze period - early iron, discovered near the city of Ganja, and the burial of the Early Bronze Age in Goranboy region.
The world's only archaeological park, which includes a complex of barrows of the Bronze Age (Kura–Araks culture) is located in Azerbaijan. The archaeological park opens new prospects for scientists.
To this conclusion after the research of the graves in the territory of Ganja and Goranboy came the participants of the Azerbaijani-Italian international archaeological expedition, which started its work on June 11, Sputnik Azerbaijan reported.
The group's co-leaders are the head of the sector of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of ANAS, the history doctor, associate professor Bakhtiyar Jalilov and the head of the Department of Religious Studies of the International Institute Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Professor Nicola Lanery.
The international expedition includes representatives of the Italian Center for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Middle East, as well as experts from Germany and France on various archaeometric areas.
The main objects of archeological excavations were the mounds of the period at the turn of the late Bronze and Early Iron Ages, discovered near the city of Ganja, and the burial of the Early Bronze Age in the Garadagli village of Goranboy.
Professor Lanery believes that archaeological sites in Azerbaijan around Ganja open up great prospects for researchers armed with modern technologies.
Now in Goranboy the first stage of the survey of the group burial of the Bronze Age is completed. In the course of this set of works, the upper part of the mound was explored by special instruments that allowed the registration of pit jars belonging to the final stage of the Kura–Araxes culture.
Lanery stressed that in the light of the study of the Kur-Araks culture, the unique burials discovered under the upper part of the mound are regarded as the "Azerbaijani phenomenon" of the first bronze period.
Discovered samples of materials will be presented to the world's leading laboratories for various studies. For the next year's expedition season, it is planned to investigate a collective burial chamber discovered under the upper part of the mound.
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