Boyuk Kasik

There is a detailed report and analysis of this site by Museyibli and Huseynov. Indeed, discussion of the site is given a prominence in the development of the Eneolithic in the Caucasus which it is difficult to comment on. The site is certainly deep and contains a wide range of material which, on further analysis, would repay careful study.

The site is interpreted as having four horizons. The latest horizon, 1, may be the result of later levelling and agricultural activity on the site. Horizon 2 contains a number of rectangular and curvilinear features; the structures formed of mud walling accompanied by storage pits and hearths. There were five graves located on the site, all within large jars. It is difficult to be sure to which horizon these were attributed, but Horizon 2 seems the most likely.

Horizon 3 consists of a few mud-wall elements, along with hearths and some storage pits. The underlying Horizon 4 was separated from Horizon 3 by a substantial soil deposit that may be of natural origin. Najaf identifies this as a flood, the event that caused returning inhabitants of Horizon 3 to use flimsy structures only that left no substantial evidence. The features identified as Horizon 4 were separated by this deposit, but in the main consist of pits and hearths with no identified walls or structures.


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