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Şıxmahmud is located in Azerbaijan
Coordinates: 39°15′05″N 45°25′43″E / 39.25139°N 45.42861°E / 39.25139; 45.42861Coordinates: 39°15′05″N 45°25′43″E / 39.25139°N 45.42861°E / 39.25139; 45.42861
Country  Azerbaijan
Autonomous republic Nakhchivan
Rayon Babek
Population (2005)[citation needed]
 • Total 2,839
Time zone AZT (UTC+4)

Şıxmahmud (also, Şeyxmahmud, Shikhmakhmud, Shykhmakhmud and Sheik-Mahmud) is a village and municipality in the Babek Rayon of Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan. It is located in the near of the Nakhchivan-Shahbuz highway, 13 km in the north from the district center, on the right bank of the Nakhchivanchay River. Its population is busy with grain-growing, vegetable-growing, horticulture, poultry and animal husbandry. There are secondary school, music school, library, culture house, kindergarten, two mosque and a medical center in the village. It has a population of 2,839.[1]


The village took its name from the sacred place of Shykhmahmud which located in there. The toponym of the Shykhmahmud is a distorted form of the name of Sheikh Mahmud.[2]

Shikhmahmud Necropolis[edit]

Shikhmahmud Necropolis - is an archaeological monument of ancient ages near the same named village of the Babek region. It was discovered by chance during a farm works in 1989. In the excavated ravine was found of layers of ash and fragments of clay pots. The skeleton which lay on the its right side in the four-cornered form grave, was oriented from north to south at the wrapped position. 78 dark blue glass beads were found from here. From graves of the Shikhmahmud necropolis were discovered the 4 pieces of pink, green, and blue glass jars. The collected materials were given to the Nakhchivan State History Museum. According to the findings, the Shikhmahmud necropolis belongs to the I-III centuries.[1]


  1. ^ a b ANAS, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (2005). Nakhchivan Encyclopedia. volume II. Baku: ANAS. p. 316. ISBN 5-8066-1468-9. 
  2. ^ Encyclopedic dictionary of Azerbaijan toponyms. In two volumes. Volume I. p. 304. Baku: "East-West". 2007. ISBN 978-9952-34-155-3.