JOINT ITALY-GEORGIA ARCHEOLOGICAL MISSION TO RESUME SOON

(VELINO) Roma, 16 Jun - The yearly campaign of the jointItaly-Georgia archeological mission will resume on June 18 andrun until August 4, 2015, in the region of Shida Kartli. Themission is made up by members of the University of Ca Foscariof Venice and of the Georgian National Museum, directed byprofessors Elena Rova and Iulon Gagoshidze, sponsored by theFarnesina [Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry]. The mission,which has been active since 2009, began excavations in 2013 inAradetis Orgora/Dedoplis Gora, in the district of Kareli. Thesite is located in a strategic position near the confluence

(VELINO) Roma, 16 Jun - The yearly campaign of the jointItaly-Georgia archeological mission will resume on June 18 andrun until August 4, 2015, in the region of Shida Kartli. Themission is made up by members of the University of Ca Foscariof Venice and of the Georgian National Museum, directed byprofessors Elena Rova and Iulon Gagoshidze, sponsored by theFarnesina [Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry]. The mission,which has been active since 2009, began excavations in 2013 inAradetis Orgora/Dedoplis Gora, in the district of Kareli. Thesite is located in a strategic position near the confluence ofRiver Kura with the western incline, and is home to a palacedating back to Hellenic-Roman times which has a 14-metresequence of archeological levels that have not yet beenexplored, testifying the importance of the region from the 4thmillennium BC to the beginning of the 1st millennium AD. Theteam numbers 20 among whom are archeologists, experts invarious fields as geoarcheology, paleobotanic studies,paleozoology, physical anthropology, restoration,radiometric-dating, as well as Italian and Georgian archeologystudents. In the current year, the team will pursue theexploration of the eastern wing of the Hellenic palace and thedeep excavation of the two areas begun in 2013 where, by now,the levels of the mid-II and end of the IV millennium BC havebeen reached. On schedule also the interdisciplinary programmeon paleoenvironmental research, supported by the campaign toassess the conservation and valorisation opportunities of thesite. vel.

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