Gadachrili Gora Regional Archaeological Project Expedition (GRAPE)

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Location: Marneuli, KK, GE

Season: February 1, 2022 to June 15, 2022

Application Deadline: March 31, 2022

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:

RPA Certified:

University of Toronto, Georgian National Museum, and National Wine Agency of the Republic of Georgia

Project Director:
Stephen Batiuk, University of Toronto, Mindia Jalabadze, Georgian National Museum, and Khaled Abujayyab (University of Toronto)

Project Description:

The Gadachrili Gora Regional Archaeological Project Expedition (GRAPE) is a joint venture between the University of Toronto, the Georgian National Museum (GNM) and the National Wine Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture (of the Republic of Georgia) to investigate the emergence and evolution of Neolithic Cultures in southern Caucasia and the development of horticultural practices and resultant secondary products, with a focus on viticulture and viniculture. GRAPE represents the archaeological component of a larger interdisciplinary project sponsored by the Georgian National Government entitled the Research and Popularization of Georgian Grape and Wine Culture. The excavations are directed by Mindia Jalabadze (GNM), Stephen Batiuk  (University of Toronto), with Khaled Abujayyab (University of Toronto) directing excavations at Shulaveris Gora and the Regional Survey. GRAPE’s aim is to investigate the development of agricultural and horticultural practices across a series of rural settlements in the Middle Kura region of the Kvemo Kartli province south of the modern city of Marneuli, with a larger aim of examining the Neolithic landscape of the Middle Kura region and its diachronic changes through time.

Period(s) of Occupation: Neolithic

This will be the third year of the University of Toronto’s summer program in Georgia. The Gadachrili Gora Regional Archaeological Project Expedition (GRAPE) is an international multidisciplinary research project investigating the emergence of farming economies in the South Caucasus and the influence of the Near East on the development of local Neolithic cultures and, conversely, the influence of Caucasia on the Near East. This program provides a unique opportunity to receive intensive training in archaeological field and survey methods at the sites of Gadachrili Gora and Shulaveris Gora. Be part of the research team that uncovered the earliest evidence of winemaking! The 2018 season took part in this incredible discovery under the supervision of researchers from the GRAPE. The 2021 season will continue to offer students a rare opportunity to contribute to the search for the origins of wine production.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks

Minimum Age: 19

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
Students will stay in farmhouses in a local village near the site. This is an expedition so please note that our accommodations are very comfortable, but rustic. Breakfast, lunch (sandwiches, tomatoes, cucumbers and fruit) and dinner will be provided seven days a week. Meals will be covered on field trips as well. There may be several free days (Sunday) when students will be able to travel to Tbilisi. Students who choose to do so will be responsible for their own food and lodging while away. • Internet (wifi) • Laundry • Showers • Shared, dormitory style (gender segregated) • Vegan diets cannot be accommodated. There will be several weekly field trips around the region, visiting other archaeological and historical sites, as well as wineries and museums. • Welcome and Farewell Georgian Supra • Experimental archaeology sessions – pottery and lithic manufacture • Local community engagement at several public events (e.g., Georgian Independence Day) Cost: $3,500 (CAD) Includes local transportation, meals and accommodation for full season. Optional Tuition for Credit (see above).

Academic Credit:
Full course (whole year) credit credits offered by University of Toronto. Tuition is Domestic Students $1,850 (CAD) International Students $3,005 (CAD) U of T Incidental Fees $176 (CAD).

Contact Information:

Stephen Batiuk

Dept. of NMC, 4 Bancroft Ave





Phone: 6474708164

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