Archaeological Monuments of Gareja Desert Monastery of St. John the Baptist
02 February, 2012

Author: Zurab Tvalchrelidze, PhD History, Deputy Director General of Georgian National Museum.

The Gerorgian National Museum and its time-honored structural unit, the Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia, jointly with the Gareja Studies Centre, are launching a serial of the works of Zurab Tvalchrelidze, historian-archaeologist. 
The publications will be devoted to the results of historical-archaeological study of the cave complexes of the Gareja monastic association and rock-cut monastic seats of Georgia. 
Publications

of the first stage will deal with archaeological studies of Gareja rock-cut monasteries – the stratigraphic picture of monastic seats; questions of the chronological and typological classification of the artifacts; complete catalogue of the collections preserved in the funds of the Georgian National Museum will be carried out.
The publications of the second stage will present a monographic study of the archaeologically explored rock-cut monastic seats of the Gareja desert and historical provinces of Georgia. Questions of monastic life in Georgia, studied in the historical-archaeological aspect, will be discussed in relation to analogous monuments of the Christian East.
The present work deals with the results of archaeological research carried out in 1980-2005 by Zurab Tvalchrelidze at the Monastery of St. John the Baptist (Natlismtsemeli) of the Gareja desert, one of the oldest seats of Georgian monasticism.

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