Inside the Empire: Some Remarks on the Urartian and Achaemenid Presence in the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan

In: Iran and the Caucasus

The goal of the present paper is to evaluate the plausibility of possible Urartian or Achaemenid presence in the territory of the present-day Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan. The area has been considered in relation to other neighbouring regions located in the Araxes valley, with a particular focus on the site of Oğlan Qala, the most important regional settlement. This has been the subject of recent archaeological investigations that have in fact yielded conclusive evidence of Urartian presence in this region. However, there is currently no reliable evidence of a Persian occupation of the area.

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