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5000-year-old cuneiform stone found in Azerbaijan

Mon 04 April 2011 10:43 GMT | 15:43 Local Time
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A 5000-year old cuneiform stone was found in Lerik region of Azerbaijan, local history teacher Aliheydar Aliyev said.

He saves this stone at the ethnography museum. Cuneiforms on the stone proved that Azerbaijanis could read and write 5000 years ago.

Professor of the Lankaran State University, historian-ethnographer Hashim Kelbiyev said that this material-cultural sample found in Lerik showed that Azerbaijanis had political, public, cultural and trade relations with Mesopotamia, homeland of cuneiforms, 5000 years ago.

Kelbiyev also urged the experts of the Azerbaijan Institute of Archeology and Ethnography to research the sample found by the teacher from Lerik.

Most of the 3500 exhibits at the ethnography museum established by Aliheydar Aliyev need in expert research.

Graves, household utensils dating back IV-III centuries B.C. found in Azerbaijan

Graves and household utensils have been uncovered during householod works in Narimanli village in western Goranboy region of Azerbaijan. One of these graves is a grave of a child, said Arif Mammadov, chief of the Archeology and Ethnography Department of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences Ganja Regional Center.

Candlestick dating back to ancient times, dishes, black amulet and other household items have been found in the tomb. Employees of the department have also found an ancient settlement near the cemetery.

The monument known as the Hill of Alexander among the local population dates back to the beginning of the Middle Ages. Though some portion of the monument was destroyed in 1963 during the chores, archaeological research will be carried out on the remaining area.

The graves belong to the IV-III centuries B.C.

APA, Novosti-Azerbaijan

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