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ISU Researchers’ Unique Archaeological Discovery in the Ancient City


It has been for two years that a joint expedition of the Visual Anthropology and Local History Laboratory of Ilia State University (ISU) and the Institute of Oriental Archaeology and Art History of Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg has been studying a Late Bronze-Early Iron Age ancient city site on Mount Nazarlebi, Shiraki, Dedoplistskaro Municipality.

On 11 September 2018, archaeological excavation of the ancient city site revealed a trove–Bronze objects for everyday and cult use lying at the west wall inside a religious building located in the centre of the citadel.

Finds include up to 200 bronze dagger imitations, as well as bronze sickles, flat-bladed, long-handled swords, daggers and most importantly, a double-bladed bronze axe.

The project will continue to support the study of the city site, which, according to scholars, promises further discoveries.

Financed by the German side, the expedition is part of a research project launched by ISU in 2007.

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