Ancient historical monument discovered in Gakh [PHOTO]

13 September 2018 13:43 (UTC+04:00)

By Laman Ismayilova

Ancient historical monument - Qipchagtepe has been discovered by archaeologists in country's Gakh region, near the Ayrichay bridge.

The head of the Oguz-Gakh Archaeological Expedition, who works in Qipchagtepe, Ph.D. in History Taleh Aliyev told Sputnik Azerbaijan that the total area of ​​the monument is four hectares.

According to him, the upper layers of Qipchagtepe belong to the early Middle Ages and Middle Ages.

“The researches have revealed that people inhabited a site located near the highway in the direction of Uzumlu-Agyang in ancient times, the early Middle Ages and Middle Ages. Then, closer to late medieval times, people's settlements began to expand in a western direction,” he said.

In addition, the research was also conducted on the territory of Sari Pir cemetery.

The study revealed that people lived here in the 18th and 19th centuries. However, in the 20th century, they settled in the present territory of Qipchagtepe village. The inscriptions on the tombstones show that they belonged to the 19th century.

The next year the scientists are planning to continue more extensive archaeological work in Qipchagtepe.

Gakh is another picturesque region in the north-west of Azerbaijan.

A small, stone-built village of Ilisu, located at the northwest tip of Azerbaijan in the Gakh region, is a great place to visit at any time of year, especially in summer.

Ilisu, located along the banks of the Kurmuk and Hamamchay rivers 12 km from the administrative centre of the region and 1,400 m above the sea level, is one of the most ancient settlements in Azerbaijan.

The beauty of the location and the spirit of the people is a real attraction. Walking opportunities abound. The area has numerous historical monuments and is known for thermal waters and wonderful waterfalls.

Gakh region has a long history dating back to ancient times.The area around the village has many historic monuments, including ancient Albanian Christian churches of the 4th-5th centuries.  Professional climbers can risk and mount Jinligala's top on the edge of an abyss, which has access only from one side.

The emblem of the village, Sumug fortress, is a four-storey defense tower commanding a great view of the surrounding areas. 


Laman Ismayilova  is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova