Veli Bakhshaliyev received his B.A. from Naxçıvan State University, his Ph.D. from Leningrad State University, and an honorary degree from Baku State University. He is currently head of the Department of Archaeology at the Naxçıvan branch of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. The author of more than 100 articles and books related to the archaeology of Azerbaijan, his research spans the sixth through first millennia B.C.E. He has directed an archaeological survey of Naxçıvan and codirects excavations at Oğlanqala and Ovçulartepesi. His main research interests include the development of metallurgy, the semiotics of rock art, and relations between the south Caucasus and neighboring areas.