The Burial Mounds on Apsheron Peninsula 2

In the "The Burial Mounds on Apsheron Peninsula" I described a stone mound discovered not far from Turkan settlement near Baku. The mound represents two stone circles, laid out as "8". There is one more cromlech inside the big circle. 2 anthropomorphic stone blocks are located in the centre of the mound. This kind of mounds were discovered here in 1970th as well. Unfortunately these mounds have not survived till now because of activity in nearby stone quarries.

The discovered mound is not the only survived one - there are several other unexplored mounds on this area. On the photo you can see stone circles of undisclosed  mounds.

On the same territory not far from Turkan settlement near Baku an amateur archeologist Abbas Islamov found another kind of burial  mound. It was cleared and explored in 2003. The mound represents central cell (1.2x0.8 m) which is surrounded with boulder stands out as a circle. The space between central cell and stone circle was filled out with cobbles. The central cell was empty. Probably it was ransacked earlier. No wonder - the age of this mound is 4-5 thousand years!

It is astonishing that I found a photo of stone mound of the same type from Scotland, Inverness (see right). As you can see from the photos the sizes and building techniques of Apsheron and Scottish stone mounds almost the same. In "The Cup-marks" article I shown the similar cup marks from Apsheron and Scotland. These are not isolated instances of common ancient culture.

The ancient Celtic name of Scotland was Alban and the biggest mountainous island in Scotland is Arran (Alban and Arran are the names of historical districts in Azerbaijan). It is possible that people occupied the island were from Arran (Azerbaijan) and consequently named the new native land Arran. Also they refer to a relic as "vatan" ("native land" in the Azerbaijan language). By the way, that till now in Agdam district of Garabag (which included Arran-Azerbaijan)  there is a village under name Shotlani (Scots).

Resettlement of people from Azerbaijan to Northern Europe affirmed by great Norwegian scientist, archeologist, historian, anthropologist and traveler Tor Heyerdal. He compared and found similarities in stone drawings in Gobustan near Baku and on mountains of Sweden. Reviewing the content of the Norwegian saga about the Asa Odin, he has established, that at ancient times Norwegians under direction of Odin moved to Scandinavia from the country Azer which are being to the south of the Caucasian mountains and to the east of Black sea. And the people (Vikings) has named their new country Nor Wey (northern way). Now it is obvious, that research of relations between Vikings and people occupied ancient Azerbaijan and ways of distribution of the general culture demand further and deep studying.

Photos of the burial mound are published for the first time. (Faig Nasibov, 2006)