Dmanisi - Home to the First Europeans

Dmanisi - Home to the First Europeans

Dmanisi, located 85 kilometers from Tbilisi, is of phenomenal interest to the world’s archaeologists. Crucially, this is where Zezva and Mzia - the first European hominids - were discovered. This discovery was made in 1991, and science journals later named the discovery Homo Georgicus and featured it among the 10 greatest discoveries.
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Dmanisi archeological area has a number of historic layers. The oldest discoveries here have been weapons from the Stone Age, some of which are 1.8 million years old. Archeologists have noted that such a diverse collection from this period has not been found anywhere else in the world.

Before archeologists dug to that layer, a rhinoceros tooth was discovered, which determined that the settlement was around 1 million years old.

In the current century, archeological works at Dmanisi have expanded, and more items have been discovered. Indeed, archeologists have discovered a total of five skulls, with the examination of fragments of the fifth skull using modern methodology being undertaken for eight years. During this period, scientists were able to study the anatomy of ancient people.

Archeological materials from Dmanisi are displayed in the National Museum in Tbilisi, but for an unforgettable impression and to see for yourself its historic layers, a visit to the site itself is strongly advised.

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