Samtavro Burial Ground

Samtavro Burial Ground

Samtavro Burial Ground, on the right bank of the Mtkvari River in Mtskheta Municipality, is a sought point of interest for ancient civilization lovers. Numerous cultural layers have been discovered across its 18 hectares, from the middle of the 3rd millennium BCE to the 10th century CE.

What Has Been Discovered at Samtavro Burial Ground?

This ancient settlement and its coffins made from stone tiles were found in the 1860s.

The dead people found in the majority of the graves were in the fetal position. In some of the stone coffins, weapons, jewelry, and various kinds of pottery have been found.

The secrets of Samtavro Burial Ground have not yet been completely uncovered and only around 3,000 graves have been studied so far. In the early Bronze Age, archaic ceramics, stone tools, the remains of buildings, beads, gold jewelry, and more items were found in the graves.

Coins, jewelry, glazed ceramics, bronze and iron weapons, gold jewelry, bronze statues of animals, and more were found in the graves from the late Bronze Age and the early Iron Age.

The number of valuable materials discovered in one of the graves has made researchers think that the people buried inside must have been members of the royal family.

The materials found at Samtavro are kept in various places, such as the Georgian State Museum, The Moscow Historical Museum, the repositories of antiquities in Europe, and the Mtskheta Museum.


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