Saatli

• Note

Saatli is located at a distance of 180 km from Baku, 28 metres below the sea level and in the centre of Kura-Aras plain. The district has a moderate climate. Locals usually hunt at the Lake Sarisu in winter. The rivers Aras and Kura are flowing through the area. The Aras valley is home to 1,000-year-old necropolises and barrows and numerous archaeological monuments belonging to the antique period. The district is a cotton-growing region on the Mil and Mughan plains. Although they say that the banks of the Aras used to be covered by impassible forests, the forests were destroyed and sowing areas were expanded due to the development of cotton-growing, and the Tugay forest is the only small stripe that has remained from the thick forest. The district, which was established in 1943, was part of the Javad district of the Baku province until 1920. In 1920-1930, it was called the Petropavlovka county of the Mug­han region. In 1963, it was abolished and incorporated into Sabirabad District. In 1965, Saatli became an independent district again.

• Archaeological monuments

The Abbasbayli necropolis and settle­ment (11th-13th centuries) and the Azadkand necropolis are ancient his­torical monuments in the district. The Aras camp located in Saatli belongs to the Stone Age. It is believed to belong to the Neolithic period. No archaeo­logical research work has been carried out here. Most of them were discov­ered during land reclamation work. The Azadkand necropolis (2nd-1st centuries BC), the Jafarkhan necropolis (2nd mil­lennium BC), the first and second Mu­ghan necropolises, the Abbasbayli and Mammadabad necropolises and the Tel­mankand barrow (13th-14th centuries), the first Aras camp, Garagashli, Garalar (Bronze Age), the Sarisu, Alisoltanli and Baylar settlements belong to the Middle Ages.

• History

The traces of the Huns, a Turkic tribe that migrated to Mughan in the 5th century, can still be seen in Saatli. Dur­ing the Arab invasion, part of the local population was still pagan. In the Mid­dle Ages, the territory was subordinate to various feudal states that ruled this land, while at the time of khanates, it was subordinate to the Karabakh Khan­ate. No traces of developed cities have been discovered in the Saatli region. Since Mughan was located on an im­portant caravan route, trade developed extensively and agriculture was wide­spread historically here.

• Hun Baba shrine

Hun Baba is the most famous shrine in Saatli. It is located in a cemetery in the city centre. The shrine represents a small room built on a grave. Only one person can enter the shrine. The person buried here was a Hun chieftain. According to historical sources, the traces of the Hun tribes who headed for Azerbaijan from the north in the 5th century remain mainly in Mughan. When local residents were in trouble, they made a donation to the Hun Baba shrine and made an­other donation after their wishes came true. Therefore, this place can be re­garded as holy.

• Place-name

The place-name is associated with the name of Amir Saad, who ruled one of the Garagoyunlu provinces near Sharur. It is also believed that the place-name derives from the name of the Saadli tribe who migrated to Mughan from the Chukhur Saad province and settled here in the Middle Ages. Since the village populated by the Saadli tribe was larger than others, the administrative territory was later called Saadli. The name is also linked to the Sak-Sakat tribe. One of the regions of the Iravan khanate was called Saatli. At the end of the 14th century, Mount Ararat in western Azerbaijan was called Saatli. It is the name of a Turkic-speaking tribe named after the gov­ernor of the province, Amir Saad. The word Saad means happiness or a lucky star in Arabic.

• Ditches

It is known that the ditches were built in the antique period. There are still re­mains of several irrigation canals in Saa­tli: Govurarkh, Haki, Mughan and so on. The 4-6 metre wide ditches, filled as a result of land reclamation work, were built with the aim of irrigating crops on the right and left banks of the Aras River. Govurarkh is the most ancient and biggest irrigation canal. According to specialists, the construction of such an enormous canal required a lot of man­power, food and water reserves. The Govurarkh ditches are believed to have been built before the Christian era. After Russian occupation, work to build wa­ter canals continued in order to devel­op agriculture and cotton-growing. In 1900-1917, four ditches with a length of 210 km were built in Upper and Lower Mughan. They were enough for irrigat­ing 170,000 ha of land…