Tao - Klarjethi and Kola-Artaani on Turkish territory
On March 24 at 18:00, presentation of ‘Tao-Klarjeti research expedition 2015 reports’ took place at George Chubinashvili National Research Centre for Georgian Art History and Heritage Preservation.
Caucasus University and Georgian Cultural and Tourist Resources’ Research Centers executed the project “Catalog of the Cultural Monuments of Georgian historic provinces: Tao - Klarjethi and Kola-Artaani on Turkish territory”, financially supported by Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation.
Within the framework of this project, five expeditions (56 days) took place on major historic territories of Shavsheti and Klarjeti. In order to get a real picture of the area, expeditions were made to 283 villages and surrounding territories.
As a result, expedition defined ongoing conditions of 116 well-known cultural and historic monuments. In addition, they have discovered 108 Georgian cultural monuments not known to us, including: 48 churches, 47 church ruins, 66 towers, 24 stone-arched bridges, 32 other constructions (megalithic, underground, cave, residential etc.) as well as unknown scripts – 1 Georgian script ‘Asomtavruli’, 1 Armenian script and 5 newly discovered ornamented stones. Besides, the expedition defined ongoing conditions of Armenian, Greek, Russian and Turkish cultural and historic monuments.
In 2014, 9 expeditions were held (56 days) in historic Artaani, Kola, Palakatsio, Phoso, Erusheti, Javakheti and some part of Samtskhe; The 314 nearby villages, settlements and surrounding territories studied. As a result, expedition defined ongoing conditions of 119 well-known cultural and historic monuments. In addition, they have discovered 143 cultural and historic monuments not known to us.