The lost fortress of Onoguris? Newly discovered sixth-century AD fortifications at Khuntsistsikhe, western Georgia

Paul Everill, Besik Lortkipanidze, Nikoloz Murghulia, Ian Colvin, Davit Lomitashvili

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Abstract

The village of Khuntsi is located in the Martvili municipality of Samegrelo, western Georgia, on the west bank of the Tskhenistskali River, on the road that links Martvili, Khoni and Kutaisi. A few short sections of wall on Kukiti Hill (known locally as ‘Najikhu’, translating roughly from Mingrelian as ‘ruins (remains) of a castle’) indicate the presence of a fortress. Six years ago, the installation of a mobile phone mast and associated infrastructure without consultation with the appropriate archaeological agencies revealed and damaged archaeological structures. Animal bone and fragments of pottery were retrieved, and are currently stored in the school in Khuntsi. It was information from a local school teacher, Zoya Gadelia, that led the Anglo-Georgian Expedition to Nokalakevi to investigate the site in 2015.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAntiquity
Volume91
Issue number356 e5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Georgia
  • Archaeology

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Everill, Paul ; Lortkipanidze, Besik ; Murghulia, Nikoloz ; Colvin, Ian ; Lomitashvili, Davit. / The lost fortress of Onoguris? Newly discovered sixth-century AD fortifications at Khuntsistsikhe, western Georgia. 2017 ; Vol. 91, No. 356 e5.
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