Trialeti Kurgans

In addition to experiencing Georgia’s soaring mountains, unforgettable views, and ancient monuments, visitors also have the chance to examine Georgia’s treasure trove of archeological artifacts.
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History of the Trialeti Kurgans

There is no better example of this than Trialeti. In the early 20th century, archaeological excavations on the right bank of the Khrami river in Tsalka municipality uncovered kurgans (burial mounds) from the Trialeti culture, which existed from 2200 BC until 1500 A.D., from which the Iberic-Caucasian tribes, and so modern-day Georgians, are ultimately descended.

The luxurious, well-built kurgans found in Trialeti belonged to tribal leaders and aristocrats.

Many valuable objects have been found in the tombs, including jewelry and other gold and silver objects. proving that goldsmiths in Georgia possessed metalworking technologies in the 2nd millennium BC.

The craft and style of these artifacts clearly indicates a level of artistry that both reflected local characteristics and demonstrated active cultural connections with the great civilizations of the time, such as Ancient Greece.

The treasures of Trialeti are exhibited in the National Museum of Georgia.

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