Directors: Prof. Vakhtang Licheli (AAG), Roberto Dan (ISMEO)

Country: Georgia       Seasons: 2017 – in progress

The first campaign of the Samtskhe-Javakheti Project (SJP) of ISMEO took place between 18 and 26 May 2017. The project is funded for the Italian part by ISMEO and the research activities are carried out under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) of the Italian Republic. The Archaeological Mission in Georgia was born in the year 2017 from an initiative of Prof. Vakhtang Licheli (AAG) and Dr. Roberto Dan (ISMEO). The project is aimed at the study of archaeological evidence located in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region, in the southern borders of today’s Georgia, an area little studied by the remarkable archaeological potential.

 SJP 2017 GIS Editing by T. Saccone (ISMEO)

The mission, although preliminary, has allowed to outline the following points among the future objectives:

    • The creation of an archaeological map of the Samtskhe-Javakheti region (municipalities of Aspindza, Akhalkalaki, Ninotsminda) recording the evidence from the Early Bronze Age to the Achemenide period;
    • The study of the formation and development of proto-state communities in the region (Late Bronze Age – Ancient Iron Age);
    • The study of the characters and settlement systems of local communities and their relationship with the state of Urartu, in an attempt to define the limit of expansion and the degree of cultural penetration in these regions (Middle Age of Iron);
    • The composition and characteristics of settlements related to the Achaemenid occupation (Late Iron Age, Post-Urartu / Achaemenid Period).

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