Located in Georgia at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers, Mtshkheta was founded in the 5th century BC and served as the capital of the early Georgian Kingdom of Kartli for 800 years. Significant ruins in the area include those of the Amaztsike fortress and acropolis, “Pompey’s bridge”, a nearly 2,000 year old royal palace, various historic churches, and the fourteenth century Bebris-Tsikhe Fortress. Will Mtskheta’s strategic location position it for an ArchaeoMadness win?
A coastal community on the Adriatic Sea, Zadar is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia. Early settlements in the area date back to the Neolithic and the city traces its origin to the Illyrian tribe of Liburnians from the 4th century BC. Zadar spent considerable periods of time under Roman, Byzantine, and Venetian rule. Will the waters of the Adriatic wash away the site’s competition in ArchaeoMadness?