✔ Within the framework of the Georgian-Polish joint archaeological project run by the Krukowski Interdisciplinary Research Center in Kutaisi and the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia, the group of Georgian and Polish archaeologists have just recently renewed archaeological excavations at different locations in Kutaisi; the first site is located nearby Bagrati Cathedral, on the historical part of the ancient city of Kutaisi and the second one - on #13 Vazha-Pshavela street, in the yard of #20 public school at the Dateshidze hill. The center was established in 2018; The research station headquarters in Kutaisi aims to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in scientific, cultural, archaeological, and various social projects and programs, conducting joint researches and archaeological excavations. On both archaeological sites, the first session of the archaeological excavations was initiated in July 2017, continued in 2018 and 2019; due to the Covid-19 pandemic, archaeological work was forcedly stopped in 2020 and postponed until nowadays. It is being held under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Youth of Georgia, by the President of Georgia and the National Agency for Cultural Preservation of Georgia.
✔The purpose of the archaeological excavations is to reveal and discover the historical evidence that will reinforce Kutaisi to be nominated in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list, declares Mr. Roland Isakadze, one of the heads of the joint archaeological project team. The Middle Ages of the ancient historical city of Kutaisi have often been the subject of scientific interest, so archaeologically, this period is well researched and studied, while still lots to be unearthed and researched about the Middle and Late Bronze Age.
✔ Current excavations on the Gabashvili and Dateshidze hills and the surroundings of these sites uncovered the evidence proving the existence of the settlements protected by the defensive wooden structures and a moat with 6-meter depth and 10-meter width. The palaeobotanical findings, discovered on the bottom of the defensive moat, dated back to the middle period of the 14th century BC (Late Bronze Age period). At the edge of the 10th - 9th centuries BC the moat lost its initial defensive function and happened to be fulfilled by different archaeological layers; the proof of the livelihood of the settlements on top of the archaeological layers can be traced till classical ages. The importance of the outlined excavations is just incredible not only for Kutaisi but for the whole historical trace of the country, hence the findings are proved to be the first artifacts matching the period of the legendary Argonauts revealed by the archaeologists and scientists in the territory of Kutaisi.
✔ Indeed, as well remarkable results of the excavations carried out on the historical part of Kutaisi, particularly in the northern and eastern parts of the surroundings of Bagrati Cathedral. The archaeologists and scientists are studying the Middle and Late Bronze Age layers dated back to the 15th-14th centuries and the 13th – 8th centuries BC.
✔ The challenge of the archaeologists and scientists is to remove various cultural layers of the Middle Ages from the top of the Late Bronze Age layers and prepare the ground to start excavations on unearthing the remains of the buildings and structures dated back to the Middle and Late Bronze Age.