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Mingechevir burial urn, 2nd century BC

Mingechevir burial urn, 2nd century BC

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Mingechevir burial urn. Human bones and artifacts found inside a burial urn (funerary urn) uncovered by archaeological excavations near the River Kura, in the city of Mingechevir, Azerbaijan. This urn dates from around the 2nd to 1st centuries BC, towards the end of the Iron Age and the beginning of the Roman period. The people from this period were buried in urns in the foetal position, with their knees drawn up to their chest. More than 300 such burial urns have been found here, along with iron tools and coins and jewellery. The utensils found with the burial urns are thought to indicate that these people believed in resurrection and an afterlife. Photographed in 1967.

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