New discovery allegedly proves Georgia is the birthplace of wine culture
06 June, 2016
New discovery allegedly proves Georgia is the birthplace of wine culture
Yet another discovery in Georgia’s Kvemo Kartli region has provided a new proof that this country is the birthplace of wine. As Georgian National Museum reports, grape seeds and vine dust dating back to 6,000 BC have been discovered at the Gadachrili Gora archaeological site near Imiri village, south of Tbilisi, capital of Georgia.

The expedition was jointly organized and carried out by Georgian National Museum and the University of Toronto, Canada. The complex study of v
ine dust remains found in ancient ceramic vessels served as testimony that they had been used for wine at the Neolithic location.
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As the GNM said the study established the ancient Georgian region as the first location where humans turned wild vine vegetation into domestic culture. In the aftermath of the archeological examinations residential buildings, domestic tools, vessels and pits were discovered along with the remains of vine.

The excavations at the Gadachrili Gora site have been launched since 2014 within the frames of the project ‘Research and Popularization of Georgian Grape and Wine Culture’ initiated by the GNM, the Georgian Wine Association and the National Wine Agency of Georgia. Since then a number of artifacts have been found at the site.
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The findings show that the inhabitants of this area were pioneers in using wild grapes and vines for health, religious and spiritual purposes.

Various scientists from leading universities of the United States, France, Italy, Denmark, Canada and Israel have been involved in the project.
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