Scientific Projects

03 August 2021

Prehistoric wild dog found on a 1.8-million-year-old site in Dmanisi

The scientific journal Nature published an article “The early hunting dog from Dmanisi with comments on the social behaviour in Canidae and hominins“ about the teeth and jaw fragments, found at Georgia’s 1.8-million-year-old Dmanisi Site, that belong to an extinct canid known as the Eurasian hunting dog. The fossil is the oldest of its kind yet found.
14 June 2021

The Integrated Study of the Western European Fine Arts Collections of the Georgian National Museum

In 2019-2021, the study of the collection was carried out within the framework of the project "The Integrated Study of the Western European Art Collections of the Georgian National Museum" (FR-18-739) supported by the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia. Within the study, a complete electronic database of the collection was prepared, archival materials were processed, consultations with foreign colleagues were held, exhibits of particular importance were subjected to artistic and technical research. As a result of the research, the attributions of several exhibits were significantly adjusted: Details of origin were clarified, misrepresentations and plot interpretations were identified and corrected, and the author circle, subject matter and chronology of a number of works without indication of author, name and date were determined. As a result, a bilingual publication "The Integrated Study of the Western European Fine Arts Collections of the Georgian National Museum" was published. Authors: Eka Kiknadze, Nino Tabutsadze, Mariam Gvelesiani and Nino Kalandadze.     
10 December 2019

“The bears from Dmanisi and the first dispersal of early Homo out of Africa” – An article in “Nature”

"The bears from Dmanisi and the first dispersal of early Homo out of Africa"- An article about large-scale research carried out in collaboration with the Georgian National Museum and the Spanish Research Institutes has been published in the world's leading scientific journal "Nature" in the section "Scientific Reports".
26 August 2019

The remains of the palace from V-IV centuries BC were found on Alazani Valley

An international archaeological expedition of Georgian National Museum has been working on the Alazani Valley, in the village of Jugaani, Signagi Municipality. Archaeological excavations revealed the palace remains about  V-IV centuries BC.    
15 August 2019

International archaeological excavations in Rabati Settlement

Georgian National Museum (GNM) is carrying out international archaeological excavations in Rabati Settlement, village Zveli, Aspindza district.    
14 August 2019

Housing of the Neanderthals 50 000 years ago in the cave of Tsutskhvati

Archaeological expedition of Georgian National Museum (GNM) works in Tsutskhvati cave located in Tkibuli municipality. 
15 November 2017

Georgia - Cradle of Wine

The world scientific community recognized that the oldest wine remains were discovered on the territory of Georgia, from where it spread around the world with profound consequences for agriculture, human culture, biology, medicine, and ultimately civilization. 
16 August 2016

The International Archaeological Expedition of Georgian National Museum and Ca` Foscari University of Venice

The International Archaeological Expedition of Georgian National Museum and Ca' Foscari University of Venice counts the fourth year working on the multilayer monument, dated IV millennium BC - VI century AD. 
12 July 2016

The Georgian-Australian Archaeological Investigations in Georgia

The Georgian National Museum and the University of Melbourne have been cooperating for many years. The framework of this co-operation is the Georgian-Australian Investigations in Archaeology (GAIA) which was launched in 2009 with the excavations at Samtavro Cemetery located in Mtskheta.    
21 June 2016

Archaeological Research on Great Basilica of Nekresi

Since May 2016 The Georgian National Museum expedition resumed studies of the land of "Dolotchopi"- territory near municipal city of Kvareli, on the right bank of the Duruji river. There was revealed the ancient temple, which was the oldest and the largest among Christian churches preserved underground. 
15 December 2014

Georgian - Australian Archaeological Investigations “Excavations in Chobareti”

Cross-country collaboration between Georgia and Australia took start in 2009 in the framework of the international expedition taking place at Samtavro, Mtsketa.  Since 2012 expedition changed its location to the village Chobareti situated in Samtskhe-Javakheti region.
09 December 2014

International Archaeological Expedition In Tskaltubo

Satsurblia cave is located in West Georgia, Tskaltubo municipality, in the village Kumistavi. Site was discovered in 1975 by Alexandre Kalandadze, who dug there a test trench. In 1976, 1985-88 and 1990-1992 archaeological excavations were carried out by Karlo Kalandadze. Three cultural layers were distinguished: Eneolithic, Neolithic and Upper Paleolithic.