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Location: 856X+52 Kvemo Orozmani, Georgia
Season: June 6, 2022 to September 18, 2022
Application Deadline: May 28, 2022
Deadline Type: Rolling
Field School, Volunteer
Georgian National Museum National Research Centre of Archaeological and Prehistoric Studies of Georgia
Giorgi Bidzinashvili - Georgian National Museum
Orozmani! Already famous early Pleistocene (early stone age) site in Georgia is located 100 km southwest from capital city Tbilisi, 1200 m above sea level in the Lesser Caucasus. In the early 60’s faunal remains were discovered in Orozmani. The first archaeological excavations started in 2019. Early Pleistocene fossils of extinct animals and stone tools (indicating the presence of hominins) have been found at the site. The site is extremely important because of its close proximity (20 km) to one of the most famous prehistoric sites in Eurasia, Dmanisi, which boasts the earliest (1.8 million years) Hominin (H. erectus) remains outside of Africa. The deposits of the site are in between Mashavera and Orozmani basalts dated back to 1.83 Ma. and 1.77 Ma.
The first international field school was held in 2021. Excavations revealed hundreds of faunal remains mostly in anatomical connections and Oldowan (Mode 1) stone tools.
Those interested in excavating the prehistoric site of Orozmani in the 2022 season will have the opportunity to gain a wealth of experience working with the scientists studying the site. Remember, the Orozmani staff and scientists represent the “Dmanisi Team” with extensive (20+ years) experience in studying prehistoric sites.
People 18 and older in healthy physical condition can join the dig and do not need experience, just an open mind, and sharp eyes. Just get in your spot and start looking for artifacts.
At the end of a perfect day, relax with other volunteers and the members of Orozmani scientific team and talk about the day’s finds. Go hiking to the beautiful landscape and enjoy picnics near the two rivers close to the site.
And of course, the best way to end the day is to party!!!
Orozmani team will explain everything you need to know, including:
Participants will also attend talks from Georgian and international scholars about the prehistory of the site, archaeology, paleoanthropology, geology, palynology, paleontology, taphonomy, experimental archaeology, etc.
Minimum number of participants – 5
In just a few days after the start of the excavation, Orozmani site received a great response from Georgian and international media outlets. See the links below
Period(s) of Occupation: Early Pleistocene. Early Stone Age
THE APPLICATION FORM IS ATTACHED AS A FLYER!!! ATTENTION!!! You can apply to Orozmani Field School August-September season as well. The dates for the field school are 22/08 - 18/09.
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 14 Days
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: None
Room and Board Arrangements:
The cost includes: • Transportation from Tbilisi to Orozmani and back. • Accommodation at the camp house available rooms for guests (3-5 person per room). • Accommodation facilities include flushing toilets, showers and a washing machine. • Breakfast, lunch break at the site, dinner and evening tea/coffee (including alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages). We use natural products from local farmers. Please contact the organizers if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies. • Daily transportation to/from the archaeological site. • Excursion(s) in the region with lunch in the local restaurant(s) with amazing Georgian food and wine. • Goodbye party. • Certificate of participation.
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