Remains of temple and cellar of Iberian Kingdom at Treligorebi settlement

27 May 2015

The expedition team of the Georgian National Museum has discovered the remains of a temple and a cellar of the Iberian Kingdom dating back to 1st millennium BC in Tbilisi at the Treligorebi settlement on the top of a hill.

The Scientists believe that the cellar could have been the part of the temple complex, which was found trough the Aerial photography and Google Earth satellite images. Currently conducted trial excavations made this supposition more reliable.

The discovery of wine cellar of 1st millennium BC bears importance in terms of studying and reconstructing the history of the development of Georgian "Kvevri" wine-making process. In addition, the laboratory investigations of the residue from discovered wine vessels (Kvevri)   may give us information about possible genetic link between the earliest remains of grape seeds found in Kvemo Kartli (6th millennium BC) and the grape residue from the recently discovered wine vessels at the Treligorebi settlement.

The expedition is directed by Mikheil Abramishvili - Curator of the Tbilisi archaeological collections   at the Georgian National Museum.