Medieval Shushi through the Lens of Archaeological Research

The issues of Shushi’s ancient history, foundation, construction, and ethnic affiliation of its different monuments have appeared on the list of “justifications” for Azerbaijan’s aggressive intentions more than once. For decades, Azerbaijan’s government and intelligentsia have cultivated a myth among its people, according to which Shushi began and thrived as an Azerbaijani city and the cradle of Azerbaijani culture.