Georgia - the Cradle of Wine - Archaeological Discovery

06 June 2016
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On June 6, 2016 at 3 pm, the General Director of the Georgian National Museum professor David Lordkipanidze, the head of the National Wine Agency Giorgi Samanishvili, representatives of the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia and the association "Georgian Wine" will visit the discoveries dated with 6th millennium BC in Kvemo Kartli (village Imiri).

The ancient grapes dated with the 6th millennium BC have been discovered during the archaeological excavations by the joint expedition of the Georgian National Museum and Toronto University. The remains of the wine ashes which were discovered on the artifacts dated with this period. The research found that wild grapes were first domesticated on the land of Georgia, followed by winemaking process.

During the excavation, the residential buildings, a variety of tools, utensils and other household pits have been identified. The further paleobotanical research will show the clearer picture of the ancient wine-making culture of Georgia.

Further excavations of the eastern Georgian Neolithic monuments also prove that with the development of agriculture, society shifted to the new stage of life, which begins with the rise of agriculture and animal domestication process.

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The joint project of the Georgian National Museum and the National Wine Agency "Research of Georgian Grapes and Wine" takes place since 2014 under the patronage of the Georgian government. The project aims to develop and popularize Georgian Winemaking culture. In the framework of the project, the interdisciplinary study of artifacts found in Georgia is ongoing.

The international team of scientists and experts from different countries including researchers from Pennsylvania, Montpellier, Milan, Copenhagen, Toronto University, Israel Vaisman Institute and Montpelier Research Institute are involved in the project together with Georgian scientists. The project is headed by the corresponding member of the Georgian Academy of Science professor David Lordkipanidze. Project Manager is Levan Davitashvili and the coordinator is David Magradze. The head of the expedition is a chief curator of the Georgian National Museum's archaeological collections Mindia Jalabadze.

This year summer-school students of the Georgian National Museum and the Toronto University are involved in this project. The program aims to popularize Georgian cultural heritage and historical disciplines connected with it, such as archaeology, ethnology and paleobotany. The program is being held with the support of Toronto University and Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation.