WHAT IS THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK OF GOYTEPE ?
The early village of Goytepe is one of the largest archaeological monuments in Ganja – Gazakh region and is located in the middle part of the right bank of the River Kura, 10 km east of the city of Tovuz. Not far from it are located several other Neolithic sites like Shomutepe, Toiretepe and Gargalartepesi. It is on the piedmont of the western part of the Small Caucasus range and this region receives an annual precipitation of ca. 400mm. The rivers flowing from the Small Caucasus into the Kura cut the landscape of the plain. Goytepe is located on the western terrace of one such river, the Zayam.
Goytepe extends over 2 ha, at a maximum altitude of c. 420m, 350m away from the highway (Silk Way). It is 9m high and its diameter reaches 145 m. It had first been discovered and presented to the public by Azerbaijan archaeologists (I.N. Narimanov) in the 70s of the XX th century and at the present moment the complex of these archaeological monuments is well known as Shomutepe or Shomu-Shulaveri Culture in the world archaeology. In Azerbaijan, Shomutepe Culture is dated approximately to the VI th millennium BC and includes all the specific aspects... Read more