Story of Georgian Archaeologists and Architects in Kuwait
10 October, 2013
Story of Georgian Archaeologists and Architects in Kuwait
On 4 October, presentation of project “Georgian Archaeological Mission in Kuwait” took place at Georgian National Museum. It was chaired by Davit Lortkipanidze, General Director of Georgian National Museum, together with its partners from Kuwait and a group of scientists of the museum.
In 2010 the cooperation memorandum was drawn up between the Georgian National Museum and the National Council of Culture, Arts and Letters of Kuwait. In 2011, the first Georgian mission departed for Failaka Island, where the tomb
dating back to the Bronze Age was excavated. Together with the archaeological excavations, the small-scale research of the surroundings was carried out.
In 2012, the researchers also investigated architectural artifacts, as well as ceramic fractions and other objects discovered at the archaeological monument, the majority of which date back to the early or middle Bronze Age. At the same time, study of surroundings and partial conservation of the excavated monuments were on.
This year they continued study of the complex of kilns found last year. Three kilns and related constructions were dug up; they date back to the first half of the first millennium B.C. Exploration of the residential complex belonging to the Islamic period also took place. As a result, several dozen of new archaeological objects have been discovered along with stone constructions of different periods. In the continental part of Kuwait, in the surroundings of As Sabia, the exploration works were performed, where the objects, dating back to the Bronze Age were unearthed.
Davit Lortkipanidze, General Director of Georgian National Museum, told us: “It is a praiseworthy fact that the Georgian scientific mission works outside the country. It is good for the image of the country. For me, as for an ordinary citizen, it means that the country has significant intellectual resources. As for the research itself, it is rather interesting from the point of view of a scientist. Firstly, we took part in the archaeological project and later on, we were invited to the architectural project that lies ahead. It means that the country has a scientific status of working abroad. It is also a pleasant fact that young people from Kuwait come to Georgia and learn with us.”
Alaa Al Awadhi, Head of the Documentation and Historic Research Department, commented for Georgian Journal: “It is very important that the Georgians participate in our project. We learn a lot from them. Their role in architecture is impressive as well as the utilization of a scanner that is a novelty to us. “
From 2013 the archaeological team was joined by an architectural group from Georgian National Museum. With the aim of consolidation, conservation and further restoration of the Diwanie Palace located in the capital city the site was scanned in 3D. The exact scientific pattern of the Palace in 3D was made. After the works on the Palace are over, the Georgian-Kuwaiti international team plans to begin architectural work on restoration of Al Kasar Palace.
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