About Us

 Welcome to Samshvilde Archaeological Expedition

The Samshvilde Archaeological Expedition of the University of Georgia is a multidisciplinary team of scientists focused on studying the former Samshvilde settlement. Established in 2012, it includes researchers from the Georgian National Museum and National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia, as well as colleagues from Italian, Polish and Canadian universities, and Georgian students. Our analyses are performed using the cutting-edge scientific methods applied to archaeology and historical research questions. Here is our team 

 

Archaeological Studies

         Professor David Berikashvili

         Head of Archaeology and Co-Director of Samshvilde Archaeological Expedition

         Director of the International Archaeological Center of the University of Georgia

         (+995) 599 319 915

         d.berikashvili@yahoo.com

         www.ug.edu.ge

 

Historical Studies

         Professor Manana Sanadze

         President of the University of Georgia

         (+995) 599 292 317

         m.sanadze@ug.edu.ge

         www.ug.edu.ge

            

 

IT/GIS Studies

         Professor Sergo Tsiramua

         School of Informatics and Mathematics at the University of Georgia

         (+995) 591 922 987

         s.tsiramua@ug.edu.ge

         www.ug.edu.ge

 

 

Conservation and Restoration 

         Dr. Tengiz Gabunia

         Architect-restorer of Samshvilde Archaeological Expedition

         (+995) 599 260 219

         t.gabunia@yahoo.com

 

  

 

Art and Paleographic Studies

         Dr. George Gagoshidze

         Art Historian of Samshvilde Archaeological Expedition

         Senior researcher at the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia

         (+995) 593 350 318

         g.gagoshidze@yahoo.com

         www.heritagesites.ge

 

Bioarchaeological and Mortuary Studies

         Isabelle Coupal, MA

         Head of Bioarchaeology and Co-Director of Samshvilde Archaeological Expedition

         Ph.D student in Anthropology at the University of Montreal

         1-514-343-6111 ext. 3596 (Canada)

         isabelle.coupal@umontreal.ca

  

 

Numismatical Studies

         Dr. Maia Pataridze

         Numismatist of Samshvilde Archaeological Expedition

         Senior researcher at the Georgian National Museum

         +(995) 599 379 100

         mpataridze@hotmail.com

 

 

Palynological Studies

         Professor Eliso Kvavadze

         Palynologist of Samshvilde Archaeological Expedition

         Institute of Palaeobiology of the Georgian National Museum

         +(995) 599 480 285

         e.kvavadze@ug.edu.ge

 

  

Archaeobotanical Studies

         Professor Aldona Mueller-Bieniek

         Archaeobotanist of Samshvilde Archaeological Expedition

         Department of Paleobotany, Institute of Botany of the Polish Academy of Sciences

         +48 12 424 17 54 (Poland)

         a.muller@botany.pl

 

  

Prehistoric Studies

         Professor Emeritur Guram Grigolia

         Main scientific consultant of Samshvilde Archaeological Expedition

         Ivane Javakhishvili State Univerity (Tbilisi)

         +(995) 599 258 568

         g.grigolia@tsu.edu.ge

 

 

Geophysical Studies

         Dr. David Odilavadze

         Geophysician and Head of GPR studies of Samshvilde Archaeological Expedition

         Senior scientist at the M. Nodia Institute of Geophysics

         +(995) 577 426 954

         odildavit@gmail.com

 

 

      Petrographical Studies 

         Professor Mauro F. La-Russa

         Head for Petrographical studies of Samshvilde Archaeological Expedition

         Department of Biology, Ecology and Earth Science of Calabria University

         +39 0984 493535 (Italy) 

         mauro.larussa@unical.it