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Regional Survey and the Study of Social Complexity in 1st Millennium B.C. Colchis (Republic of Georgia)

Dr. Christopher Ratté, Professor of Classical Archaeology, Departments of Classical Studies and the History of Art; Director of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan
Thursday, March 16, 2017
12:00-1:00 PM
Room 2009 Ruthven Museums Building Map
Colchis is an isolated region in the western part of the Republic of Georgia, bounded by mountains on the north, east, and south sides, and by the Black Sea on the west. It remained largely peripheral to major Bronze Age cultural phenomena such as the Early Bronze Age Kura-Araxes complex, the Middle Bronze Age Trialeti complex, the Late Bronze Age empires of Anatolia and the Near East, or contemporary developments in South Russia. In the mid-first millennium B.C. a complex society emerged in Colchis, among whose defining characteristics are rich élite graves, fine metalwork, and abundant evidence for interaction with the North Pontic, Mediterranean, and Near Eastern worlds. This talk addresses the utility of regional survey as a strategy for examining the development of this society, focusing on the area around Vani, a major Colchian site.
Building: Ruthven Museums Building
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Anthropology, Archaeology
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