School of Natural Sciences and Medicine ILIA STATE UNIVERSITY


Field seminar to assess landslide hazards on Georgian rock monuments


On October 21-25, Ilia State University Research Center "Cultural Heritage and Environment" in collaboration with the Institute of the Environment Protection of Italy (ISPRA) will hold a field seminar about the use of remote sensing techniques to assess landslide hazards on Georgian rock monuments.

From the Georgian side, the workshop will be led by the Director of the Center for Cultural Heritage and Environmental Research, Professor Mikheil Elashvili. From the Italian side Prof. from the University of Florence Giovanni Gigli, Prof. William Frodela and Dr. Luca Lombardi will take part in the workshop. The representatives of ISPRA will be Dr. Daniele Spicino and Prof. Claudio Margotini. The doctoral and postgraduate students of Ilia State University, as well as an Italian postgraduate student, who will work on a master's thesis for one semester within the framework of the cooperation between Ilia State University and the Universities of Florence under the 2021 Erasmus + exchange program, will also participate in the workshop. At the workshop, students will learn to describe the condition of rocks, how to protect and monitor them.

The field workshop will be held at the following locations

October 21-22, Vardzia

October 23, Uplistsikhe (rock-cut city)

October 24, Davitgareja (Saberebi Monastery and Mravatskaro Monastery)

The Center for Cultural Heritage and Environmental Research at Ilia State University, along with colleagues from Florence, Bologna and Boca's Universities, and ISPRA, have been conducting research monitoring and fortification work on the rock-cut monuments for many years. As a result of the work started in 2014, the Vardzia rock-cut monastery was rehabilitated, work continues on the rock-cut monuments of Uplistsikhe, Davit Gareji, and Vani boilers.


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