Skip to comments.Georgian Archaeologists Discover Basilica Of Middle Ages
Posted on 07/07/2004 6:06:58 PM PDT by blam
Georgian archeologists discover basilica of middle ages
Georgian archeologists have discovered a monastery complex of the middle ages in the south-west of the village Bakuriani, at the 1700 m of the Black Sea altitude.
The archeologists were working on the 185 km of the Baku-Tbilisi-Geyhan pipeline traffic. Givi Ghambashidze, chief of the Tsikhijvari archeological expedition, said that they have found a massive stone wall, in the interior of which they discovered basilica cells, important ceramic utensils, remains of the building.
The scientists have studied a third of the monastery. The archeological research center at the Georgian Academy of Sciences is holding negotiations with the British company BP on the preservation of the important archeological discovery, and for the thorough study of the complex, shifting of the pipeline construction traffic.
They have such incredible names in Georgia:
"Givi Ghambashidze, chief of the Tsikhijvari archeological expedition ..."
Makes me wonder what is the Georgian for "Georgia."
On May 23 a Georgian delegation comprised of Bishop Dimitri (Shiolashvili) of Batumi and Skhalta, archaeologist Givi Gambashidze and editor of "Sapatriarkos Utskebani" ("Patriarchate News") Zurab Tskhovrebadze. The visit was regarding the reinterment of Georgian kings Vakhtang VI and Teimuraz II and their accompanied clergy to Georgia.
The delegation was met by Bishop John (Karpukhin) of Astrakhan and Enotaevsk, whom they give letters of His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Aleksi II and His Holiness and Eminence Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II about the reinterment of the Georgian kings and clergy to Georgia. On the same day the delegation met with the authorities, particularly with Governor of Astrakhan, Mr. Anatoli Guzhavin. The meeting was held in warm and friendly atmosphere. The Astrakhan side expressed its wish to script the date after the reinterment to Georgia on the grave stones.
It was decided that at the end of August the delegation would again visit Astrakhan and archaeological excavations would start. It is considered that the reiternment of the Georgian kings to the motherland will be held in the middle of September.
Oh, sorry, wrong Georgia. Never mind.
I don't know how it's pronounced, but they spell it 'h-e-r-e'.
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Anthropologists at work bump.
Thought you might find this interesting.
Pipeline to the Past Is a Gift From Oil to ArchaeologyThe site, about 70 miles south of Baku, the capital, appears to be the remains of a village from the 11th or 12th century. It is where the Kura meandered its way to the Caspian Sea a millennium ago, and its discovery heartened the team trying to redraw history's greatest trade route, the Silk Road.
by Douglas Frantz
September 19, 2001
Shirvan Steppe Journal
Cave dwellings dating to 12,000 B.C. have been discovered in Azerbaijan and its earliest inhabitants are credited with domesticating grapes, cherries and apples. Some believe that horses were domesticated here 5,000 years ago. But much of the region's ancient history has been unexplored.
Azerbaijani archaeologists and a few others from outside the country think that the country had a thriving civilization in the Bronze Age, dating to about 2,500 B.C., and that its traders and herdsmen eventually migrated to Mesopotamia and beyond.
The regian was named Georgia from the ancient Greeks - Georgia meaning rich farm land.
Interesting. Any idea what the "vernacular" name is?
I used to know - I will google it up.
The Classical world knew the inhabitants of eastern Georgia as Iberians, from the Caucasian kingdom of Iberia thus confusing the geographers of antiquity, who thought this name applied only to the inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal).
Gurj, the Persian designation for the Georgians, is also the source of Turkish Gürci (pronounced "Gürdji") and Russian Gruzin. The name of the country is Gurjestan in Persian, Gürcistan in Turkish, and Gruzija in Russian. The Persian name is probably related to the Armenian words for Georgian and Georgia, respectively Vir and Vrastan. (There are other instances in which a Persian word-initial gu- is derived from an earlier wi- or wa-.) Thus, both the Persian and the Armenian words appear to be related to the name Iberia, with loss of the initial i- and substitution of w or v for the b of Iberia.
There is also, in all likelihood, an etymological connection between the name Iberia and the historic province of Georgia called Imereti.
Very confusing, eh?
Cool - thanks for your time! The language sounds like they're chewing rocks!