Journal article

BRIDGING TWO CONTINENTS: RENEWED INVESTIGATIONS AT SAMTAVRO, GEORGIA

Antonio Sagona, Vakhtang Nikolaishvili, Claudia Sagona, Clifford Ogleby, Varsha Pilbrow, Christopher Briggs, Gela Giunashvili, Giorgi Manjegaladze

TUBA-AR-TURKISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY | TUBA-TURKISH ACAD SCIENCES | Published : 2010

Abstract

The vast necropolis at Samtavro, near Tbilisi, Georgia, is accorded primacy in the archaeology of the southern Caucasus for several reasons. Covering an area approximately 20 hectares, it is the largest burial ground in the Caucasus. Its longevity of use is also remarkable. First utilised as a cemetery in the third millennium BC, it peaked during the Late Bronze and Iron Ages, and again in the late Roman and late Antique periods. The cemetery was also intensely used, as is shown by the proximity of the burials, often packed closely together, and, in some cases, stratified. Finally, Samtavro was the main burial ground at Mtskheta during the Iberian Kingdom and witnessed the implantation of Ch..

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