Medieval Settlement of Kintureti Archaeology Project

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Location: Zeda Chkhutuneti, Georgia

Season: July 15, 2023 to July 27, 2023

Session Dates: O7/15/2023-07/27/2023

Application Deadline: July 1, 2023

Deadline Type: Rolling

Discount for AIA members: 10%

Program Type:
Field School, Volunteer

RPA Certified:

Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University

Project Director:
Prof. Roin Malakmadze, Dr. Sulkhan Mamuladze, and David Grace

Project Description:

In recent years, by the team of scientific researchers of Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, during the archaeological survey carried out in the preserved
landscape area of Machakheli region, the remains of the early medieval settlement were traced.

The settlement is located on an area of more than 500 square meters. In several places, the remains of the foundation of the existing building can be clearly seen here. In the western part of the settlement, the remains of a dry-built building can be seen, which must have been with wooden storehouses in the upper part. It is also interesting that during the surface exploration of the site, fragments of various ceramic vessels made of rough, not very well worked clay, typical of the Middle Ages, were found. There are also the remains of a medieval winepress under a small rock near the settlement. It is likely that there should have been pitchers for wine nearby. This year, it is planned to carry out archaeological works on the territory of the monument, which will allow us to carry out a thorough research of the monument. The archaeological material will be processed and analyzed in the laboratory. In addition, a thorough study of the territory of the winepress and its surroundings is planned as well. Based on the results obtained during the expedition, we will have the opportunity to make a graphic reconstruction of the site.

Period(s) of Occupation: Early Medieval period.

This archaeology project will be taking place in the hills inside beautiful Machekhela National Park. Along with the archaeology project volunteers will have opportunities to experience the very rich Georgian culture which will include wine tasting and other experiences. We will also be going on excursions to sites in the surrounding that include Gonio Fortress (Roman, Byzantine period) Petra Fortress (Byzantine period) City of Batumi and Black Sea, and several other historical sites around Machakhela National Park. Participants will learn: Excavation techniques, documentation and have opportunities to take part in ceramic drawing work shops. They will also learn history of region including Roman, Byzantine and Medieval periods Tuition costs 1000$: Tuition includes lodging, meals and several excursions. Contact for more details and interest:

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No experience required

Room and Board Arrangements:
Lodging will take place at a guest house close to the archaeology site in Machekhela National Park. The lodging will be shared rooms and bathrooms with comfortable beds and beautiful scenery all around. Meals will also be provide with amazing Local cuisine with vegetarian options provided. One of the wives of the directors will be at the lodging as well and is a yoga instructor and has offered free yoga lessons in the evening to anyone who is interested after day of excavation is done.

Contact Information:

David Grace

3529 Swan Road

Mount Vernon



United States

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