Azerbaijan Georgia Turkey Project

Snake Pendants
These bronze decorations likely were worn on the chest and may have been designed to represent snakes.
Material: Bronze
Diameter: 12 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Zayamchai

 

Bead Earring
Material: Chalcedony
Height: 6.5 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Zayamchai

 

Bead Chain
Material: Chalcedony
Height: 42 cm, Width: 0.5-1.5 cm +/-
Date: Bronze Age
Zayamchai

 

Bead Chain
This single strand of alluring carnelian beads found in the Zayamchai necropolis in the Shamkir district of Azerbaijan in 2003 dates to the Late Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age. Beads like these were painstakingly crafted by hand.  Najaf Müseyibli suggests that they were not only worn for their beauty, but also sometimes for the magical and spiritual protection they were thought to provide the wearer, or for their curative value.
Material: Chalcedony
Height: 68 cm, Width: 0.5-1.5 cm +/-
Date: Bronze Age
Zayamchai

 

Ceramic Bowl
Material: Clay
Height: 16.5 cm, Width: 25.5 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Zayamchai

 

Bronze Bracelet
Material: Bronze
Diameter: 5.5 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Zayamchai

 

Needle
Material: Bronze
Thickness: 3 cm, Length: 9 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Zayamchai

 

Bronze Pendants
Material: Bronze
Diameter: 6 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Zayamchai

 

Bronze Objects
Various bronze pendants
Zayamchai

 

Ram Figurine Made from Bronze.
Material: Bronze
Height: 5 cm, Width: 5.5 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Zayamchai

 

Bronze Objects
Ram figurine displayed with bronze pendants.
Zayamchai

 

Bronze Collection
Display of bronze spear points and pendants.
Zayamchai

 

Jug
Material: Ceramic
Height: 12 cm, Width: 11 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Zayamchai

 

Pot
Material: Ceramic
Height: 19 cm, Width: 21 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Zayamchai

 

Jug
Material: Ceramic
Height: 27 cm, Width: 25 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Zayamchai

 

Pot
Material: Ceramic
Height: 19 cm, Width: 20 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Zayamchai

 

Pot
Material: Ceramic
Height: 17 cm, Width: 14 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Zayamchai

 

Pot
Material: Ceramic
Height: 28 cm, Width: 15 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Zayamchai

 

Storage Vessel Handle Detail
Material: Ceramic
Height: 23 cm, Width: 20 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Zayamchai

 

Storage Vessel
Material: Ceramic
Height: 23 cm, Width: 20 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Zayamchai

 

Pot
Material: Ceramic
Height: 25.5 cm, Width: 25 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Zayamchai

 

Pot
Material: Ceramic
Height: 14 cm, Width: 15 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Zayamchai

 

Pitcher
Zayamchai

 

Ceramic Platform
This distinctive three-legged shallow footed vessel is decorated across its top and bottom
Material: Ceramic.
Height: 8 cm, Width: 21 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Zayamchai

 

Ceramic Platform Underneath
Material: Ceramic
Height: 8 cm, Width: 21 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Zayamchai

 

Ceramic Platform Sketch
Profile and nether view of ceramic platform.
Material: Ceramic
Height: 8 cm, Width: 21 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Zayamchai

 

Bronze Dagger with Disjoined Handles
Zayamchai

 

Bronze Dagger
Material: Bronze
Height: 18.5 cm, Width: 7.5 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Zayamchai

 

Bronze Dagger Handles
Material: Bronze
Height: 4 cm, Diameter: 3.5 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Zayamchai

 

Bronze Pendant
Material: Bronze
Diameter: 3.5 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Zayamchai

 

Bronze Pendant
This symmetrical bronze pendant, found at the Zayamchai archaeological site in the Shamkir district of Azerbaijan in 2003, dates from the 13th-12th centuries BC, the Bronze Age. It has a diameter of 10.5 centimeters. The design may symbolize the sun according to scholars in the Caucasus, a symbol of warmth and fecundity.
Zayamchai

 

Cooking Vessels
Zayamchai

 

Storage Vessels
Zayamchai

 

Decorated Pottery
Zayamchai

 

Bronze Earrings
Material: Bronze
Diameter: 3.5 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Zayamchai

 

Bronze Rings
Material: Bronze
Diameter: 2.5 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Zayamchai

 

Vessel
This highly decorated vessel found from the Zayamchai necropolis was a churn and used to produce butter from milk.  Similar vessels are still used in parts of Azerbaijan today to produce homemade butter.  
Material: Ceramic
Height: 42 cm, Width: 30 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Zayamchai

 

Bronze Spear Point Fastened to Wooden Shaft 
Material: Bronze
Length: 8 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Tovuzchai

 

8 Beads
Material: Seashell
Diameter: 2 cm, Thread Hole Diameter: 0.7 - 1 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Tovuzchai

 

12 Beads
Material: Chalcedony
Diameter: 0.3 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Tovuzchai

 

Bone Beads
Tovuzchai

 

Bronze Bracelet
Material: Bronze
Height: 2, Diameter: 16 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Tovuzchai

 

Bronze Earrings
Material: Bronze
Height: 3.5, Width: 3.5 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Tovuzchai

 

Piggin
Material: Ceramic
Height: 23.5 cm, Width: 18 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Tovuzchai

 

Piggin Handle Detail
Material: Ceramic
Height: 23.5 cm, Width: 18 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Tovuzchai

 

Cup
Material: Ceramic
Height: 7 cm
Rim Diameter: 26 cm, Body Diameter: 25 cm, Base Diameter: 9 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Tovuzchai

 

Piggin
Material: Ceramic
Height: 26 cm, Width: 21 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Tovuzchai

 

Storage Vessel
Material: Ceramic
Height: 33 cm, Width: 26 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Tovuzchai

 

Pot
This handsome ceramic pot, which is 28.5 centimeters high and 31 centimeters wide, was found in the Tovuzchai necropolis in the Tovuz region of Azerbaijan in 2004. It dates from the 12th -11th centuries BC.  A highly stylized zoomorphic ornament on its upper side represents either a snake or a horse. Many scholars in the Caucasus today interpret zoomorphic images such as these to be linked to magic or fertility rituals or decorations.
Tovuzchai

 

Pot Detail
Tovuzchai

 

Jug
Material: Ceramic
Height: 19.5 cm, Mouth Diameter: 13.5 cm, Body Diameter: 26.5 cm, Base Diameter: 9 cm
Date: XII-VIII BC
Tovuzchai

 

Needles
Material: Bronze
Length: 14 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Tovuzchai

 

Bronze Rings
Material: Bronze
Diameter: large – 4 cm, small – 3 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Tovuzchai

 

Bronze Snake Pendant
Material: Bronze
Diameter: 7.4 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Tovuzchai

 

Javelin Spearhead
Material: Bronze
Length: 16 cm
Date: Bronze Age
Tovuzchai

 

Interactive Artifact Map

 

Zayamchai Bibliography

Official Zayamchai Site Reports

 

Tovuzchai Bibliography

Official Site Reports

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