Map of Azerbaijan showing Aghjabadi Rayon
|Established||8 August 1930|
|• Total||1,760 km2 (680 sq mi)|
|• Density||70/km2 (180/sq mi)|
History of the rayon
Aghjabadi rayon was established in 1930. In 1963 it was abolished and connected to Agdam Rayon. Soon after, in 1965, it was reestablished as an independent rayon. Aghjabadi is one of the ancient regions of Azerbaijan. In translation from Azerbaijani, it means "big settlement" ("aghja" – big, "badi" – residence, settlement). The ancient monuments discovered on the territory of Aghjabadi rayon attest to human habitation dating to the Eneolithic, Bronze Age periods. There are also remnants of the Middle Ages found at the Kamiltepe, Nargiztepe, Garakober, Yantepe, Galatepe and Gavur archeological sites.
Among the remains of the Eneolithic Age are the cemetery and the residence site called "Kichik" on the kurgan barrow in the village of Boyat, ruins of an ancient settlement Yastitepe in the village of Hindarx, residence sites Akhanglitepe, Keshaltitepe, Jafargulutepe, Husulutepe in Hacılar village, ruins of Kamiltepe and Shahtepe settlements in Yeni Qaradolaq village, the archeological sites of Sutepe, Agtepe and Janavartepe in Taynaq village, Mirvaritepe I and II, Abiltepe I and II, Muhammedtepe in the İmamqulubəyli municipality.
Archeological sites dating back to the Bronze Age include Kultepe, Saribashtepe, Uchtepe, Shahtepe in Agjabadi, Gyshaltitepe, Qebristanliqtepe, Galatepe in Boyat village, Elashantepe in Gələbədin, kurgan barrows Gushtepe, Huseinbey and Gazantepe in Hindarx village, and Sumuklu-tepe in Cəfərbəyli village.
Ancient living settlements have been discovered in Təzəkənd (5th-2nd millennia BC), Arazbar (1st millennium), Qiyaməddinli (1st millennium) and Hüsülü villages, as well as the Sangartepe and Toratepe living settlements found in Sarıcalı and Şənlik villages.
Geography and economy
Rayon is located 374 km from the capital Baku and 45 km from the closest town of Agdam. The relief in Aghjabadi is plain. The soil is rich with clay. The climate is mild subtropical, warm and dry. Average monthly temperature in January is 1.2–1.7 °C and in August is 25–30 °C. Kura River flows on the north-eastern border of Aghjabadi rayon and Qarqar River flows through its central part. Upper Karabakh channel also crosses the district. There are many salty lakes on the territory of Aghjabadi rayon, grey and gray soil is prevalent although halophytic type of soil is also widespread.
There are 46 settlements and 1 town in the district. There is an airport and a railway station in the administrative center city of Ağcabədi. The population of Aghjabadi rayon is 122,649 (according to 2010 census). Out of them 46,919 live in the city and 75,730 live in the country. The trend (82,700 lived in the country in 2008) shows that there is rapid urbanization in the district. Out of the whole population, 62,310 are males, 60,339 are females. There is an increase in the birth rate too. In 2000, there were 1,659 newborns when in 2009 there were 2,377. Likewise, there were 491 new marriages in 2000 when there were 1,188 in 2009.
- Uzeyir Hajibeyov – composer
- Inqilab Nadirli – writer
- Afrasiyab Badalbeyli – composer and conductor
- Shamsi Badalbeyli – composer
- Tofik Bakhramov – football referee
- Zulfu Adigozalov – khananda
- Vasif Adigozalov – composer
- Isi Malikzadeh – writer
- Sabir Novruzov – mugam singer
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