The talk will provide an overview of three years of renewed excavations(2008-2010) at the important cemetery site of Samtavro in central Georgia. A collaborative Project between the Georgian National Museum and the University of Melbourne, the excavations have provided new and intriguing information for the period between 100 BC and AD 500. The talk will present a range of evidence from a diversity of mortuary practices through social customs to tantalizing hints of possible connections with Europe at the end of the Roman Empire.
Antonio Sagona is a professor of Archaeology at the University of Melbourne. His research interests have centered on ancient Turkey and the Caucasus. He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London. His latest book, co-authored with Paul Zimansky, is Ancient Turkey, A Survey from the Earliest Settlements to the End of the Iron Age.
21 June 2011 at 19:00
32, Chavchavadze Ave.
This talk is co-sponsored by the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC), Ilia University, the Georgian National Museum, the University of Melbourne and the Australian Research Council.
American Research Institute of the South Caucasus
Dept. of Anthropology
700 W. State St., Suite 219
West Lafayette, IN 47907 Visit the website at http://www.arisc.org
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