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Şahtaxtı is located in Azerbaijan
Coordinates: 39°22′19″N 45°05′46″E / 39.37194°N 45.09611°E / 39.37194; 45.09611Coordinates: 39°22′19″N 45°05′46″E / 39.37194°N 45.09611°E / 39.37194; 45.09611
Country  Azerbaijan
Autonomous republic Nakhchivan
Rayon Kangarli
Population (2005)
 • Total 3,100
Time zone AZT (UTC+4)

Şahtaxtı (also, Shah Takhti and Shakhtakhty) is a village and municipality in the Kangarli Rayon of Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan. The village is located in the Sharur plain, 4.5 km south-west from the regional center. Its population is busy with farming and animal husbandry. There are secondary school, kindergarten, cultural house and a medical center in the village. It has a population of 3,100. The medieval monuments of Cinlidere is located in the south-west of the village, but in the west, at the Givrag plateau, is located Shahbaghy.[1]


The settlement was established as a result of the settled of the tribe of the Turkic Kengerli. The area where located the Alinja fortress was called the Şahtaxtı (Shahtakhty) in the past, too. The researchers are explain this place-name as "smooth plain in the foothills of the mountain".[2]


Shahtakhty - is the city place of the Bronze and first Iron Age in the south-west from the same named village of Kangarli Rayon. The area is about 2 hectares. As a result of wear and tear on the monument and around, is monitored the remains of the destroyed stone buildings. The thickness of the cultural layer, which was defined at the result of researches (1936 and 1979-90), is the 3 - 4,5 m. The magnificent castle walls, built of large stones (2,2-2,6 m in width, 1,2-2,5 m in height) and remains of the residental buildings are very interesting. In this period, Shahtakhti became a type of the fortress-city settlement, has been the center of a large tribal unions of Nakhchivan. The pottery, metalwork, jewelry and etc. were highly developed in the Shahtahty. A rich painted ceramics, cylindrical seals (15-14 centuries BC), the exquisite decorative patterns which were found from here, shows that the Shakhtakhti was in close contact with the ancient cultural centers of the Middle East. The pink, gray and black pottery, ornaments, stone tools and remains of osteology were found from the Shahtakhti. According to the findings, the settlement of Shahtakhti belongs to the 3-1 millennium of BC.[1]

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  1. ^ a b ANAS, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (2005). Nakhchivan Encyclopedia. volume II. Baku: ANAS. p. 291. 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.
  3. ^ "Шахтахтинский Бейбут Ага". Справочник по истории Коммунистической партии и Советского Союза 1898 - 1991. 
  4. ^ "ИБРАГИМОВ, Гусейн Мамедали оглы". Литературная энциклопедия. 
  5. ^ "Bu gün məşhur oftalmoloq alim, akademik Zərifə xanım Əliyevanın doğum günüdür". «Trend». 2010-04-28. 

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