AIA Lecturer/Host: Gocha Tsetskhladze
Gocha Tsetskhladze (Ph.D. Moscow, D.Phil. Oxford) is a classical archaeologist who specializes in ancient Greek colonization and the archaeology of the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, Caucasia, Anatolia, and Central and Eastern Europe in the first millennium B.C. For more than twenty years he has excavated several Greek colonial sites around the Black Sea (in Georgia, Russia, and the Ukraine), and in 2009 he became director of the excavation at Pessinus in central Anatolia. Prof. Tsetskhladze was born in (Soviet) Georgia and was educated in Kharkov, Ukraine; Moscow, Russia; and Oxford, England. From 2004 to 2015 he taught Mediterranean, Anatolian, and Black Sea archaeology at Melbourne University, Australia. Prior to moving there, Prof. Tsetskhladze had resided in England for fourteen years, where he taught classical archaeology at the University of London. He has now returned to Britain and is affiliated with Linacre College, Oxford, the University of Nottingham, as well as the International Hellenic University in Thessaloniki and the University of Bucharest. In May 2015, Prof. Tsetskhladze was awarded the Gold Medal of Charles University, Prague, in recognition of his academic achievements. He has long been active in the Archaeological Institute of America and has lectured extensively at universities in North America. Prof. Tsetskhladze has accompanied this Georgia and Armenia tour twice since 2014, and also received excellent reviews as the AIA lecturer on a 2007 circumnavigation of the Black Sea. During this tour he will offer a series of lectures and informal discussions, and participate on excursions and in group activities, allowing for ample time to get acquainted and exchange information and ideas with you and your fellow travelers. Also accompanying the tour will be a tour manager and local Georgian and Armenian guides.