Gold and Wine. Georgia’s Oldest Treasures

Date: 06 Oct. 2018 – 10 Feb. 2019

"Gold and Wine. Georgia’s Oldest Treasures”

October 6, 2018 – February 10, 2019

Opening: October 5, 2018 6 pm

Archäologisches Museum Frankfurt am Main, Karmelitergasse 1

In the framework of the Frankfurt International Book Fair Guest of Honor program, with the initiative of The Government of Georgia and The Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, Georgian National Museum displays three exhibitions and educational programs in the fall of 2018. The exhibitions presented in different museums of Frankfurt aims to represent the history of human evolution from the prehistoric epoch to the ancient period on the territory of Georgia and the Caucasus


The exhibition “Gold & Wine – Georgia’s oldest treasures” presents a comprehensive picture of Georgia’s early cultural development from the beginning of agriculture in the Caucasus from 6000 B.C. to the Trialeti Culture of the Middle Bronze Age around 2100 – 1700 B.C.

The Caucasus has always been a bridge of cultures. During the period covered by the exhibition, Georgia is linked with the cultures of Mesopotamia and those of the North Pontic steppes as well as those of the Black Sea. The exhibition focuses on presenting the most recent results of German-Georgian collaborative archaeological projects, which will be presented by a large number of original finds for the first time. Beside the excavation in the Neolithic settlement of Aruchlo with its characteristic round buildings and artifacts from the earliest farming culture, and the oldest gold mine in the world, which has been investigated in Sakdrisi, the Bronze Age burial mound of Ananauri 3 with its imposing wooden wagon, counts as one of the highlights.

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive, richly-illustrated catalogue with extensive essays and site reports, in which the newest scientific discoveries are presented in an illustrative manner.

In the framework of the exhibition, several educational and scientific programs are planned:

December 1, 2018, Frankfurt am Main: Scientific Conference: “Caucasus: The Bridge Between Mesopotamia and Ponto Steppes 4th and 3rd Millennium BC. Exchange of Knowledge between East and West in the Bronze Age.” 

November 28, 2018 6-7 pm. Public Lecture by David Lordkipanidze - “Georgian Archaeology in Caucasus 4th and 3rd Millennium BC. The Main Perspectives.”