September - October 2013

Shamkir archeological expedition continued the researches in the citadel area, in the 4th site. The study of the monumental building deserves attention. In the north-western corner of the room №7 there were found five kyups - two of them are unbroken, while the rest were damaged. Multiple fired bricks were found while clearing up the room.

All of them are quadrangle, while dimensions are different: 22x22x5cm; 22x22x5.5cm; 23.5x23.5x5.5cm; 24x24x5.5cm; 24x24x6cm; 27x27x6cm; 38x38x6cm; 45x45x7cm. Most of them ar of 23.5x23.5x5.5cm; 24x24x5.5cm; 24x24x6cm dimension. The studies of the monumental building partition wall were continued. It is already 3.4m high. At its northern end in the square 12F there were discovered the remains of the square construction, attached to this wall. It is 2.4x1.45m.

In the connection of the squares 3E and 3F there were found the stone setting remains of the central tower of the monumental building southern wall and it was cleared 1.3m high. The eastern half of this tower is under the foundation of the XIX century building.

There is a place of a doorway of the monumental building in the square 8J. To the South from this doorway the western wall of the monumental building was partly destroyed by the constructions of the XIX century. Thus, for instance, in the connection of the squares 8J and 7J there was discovered a pitch with 1.5-1.8m diametre and 1.1m depth.

The remains of the building for everyday life with its tandirs was discovered to the South from the southern wall of the monumental building. Its area was faced by the fired bricks. Four tandirs were discovered here. 45.5x46x7cm big fired brick that was near one of the tandirs also deserves attention. In the centre of it there is a hole, which is 4cm in diametre.

The remains of the 73x73cm columns were found in the squares 1E and 1D. They were ercted by fired bricks. Unfortunately, these columns have been badly damaged, only four setting rows have been preserved.

The 1.6m wide wall remains were discovered in the squares 2H-2E. It was erected by mud-bricks, while the external side was faced by river pebbles.

The studies of the staircase were continued in the squares 12Q-10Q. Its lower stairs have been relatively well-preserved and are in the continental layer. The excavation site in the square 10Q is 7.1m deep.

The finds represent the millstone samples, glazed and unglazed ceramics, arrowheads and spears, things of everyday life, fragments of glass vessels, decorations and copper coins.

The conservation operations were carried out in the mud-brick setting of the monumental building central tower and in the eastern wall of the citadel.