The Medes

14 Aug 2010

Median dynasty architectural remains have been found in Azerbaijan (see August 11th) ... a joint US/ Azerbaijani team of archaeologists have found remains  dating to the dynasty of the Medes, the first Iranian people to rule over what is now Iran and various other regions which included a large part of northern Mesopotamia including parts of modern Azerbaijan. What is now known as Oglangala was an ancient kingdom that was desperately trying to thwart the expansion of Urartu. Previous to then the region was known to the Assyrians as Mannae until it was swallowed up by the Medes. After 550BC the region became part of the satrapy of Armenia, under the Achaeomenid Persians.