As part of the guest of honor program of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018, 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 focusses 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 artefacts 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.

An exhibition created by the Archaeological Museum Frankfurt in co-operation with the Georgian National Museum, Tiflis and the Eurasia Department of the German Archaeological Institute Berlin.


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