Discovery in Racha: Seashells found 1200 meters above sea level reveal unique information about Black and Caspian seas
13 September, 2016
Discovery in Racha: Seashells found 1200 meters above sea level reveal unique information about Black and Caspian seas
Speleologist Yuri Davlianidze says he and his friends, Levan Lepsveridze, Temur Kirvalidze and Nodar Karashvili have discovered seashells hardened into stone in the northwestern Georgian region of Racha and that their possible age is millions of years.

- Why did you decide to explore that specific place? Did you suspect anything or was this discovery accidental?

- I became interested in that place when one of my friends told me a very interesting story. He is originally from Racha’s village of Zemo
Bari, in Oni municipality. He told me that the river Barula that flows from Zemo Bari, originates in a very large cave. He then went on to tell us that his grandfather who went to that cave very often and that it was so large that the man needed two kerosene lamps to see it all. So, we went to see that cave. The locals told us, a hunter named Petriashvili knew almost everything about that. So, we met that hunter in Zemo Bari, where only three individuals live. However, when we saw him, he couldn’t tell us anything about the cave. Others told us that the river Barula originates from Mravaldzali village.
geotv.ge
- It was on how many meters above sea level?


- The GPS on my mobile phone said it was approximately 1200 meters. Unfortunately, we could find neither the cave nor the origin of the river. But local youths said they could show us more interesting places and so we followed them. We turned from the village and reached the so-called Chatekhili canyon that is located close to the river Barula. The youths told us that the canyon is dry most of the time and the water comes here only in spring, during heavy rains. It was very interesting and the most important thing was that we saw seashells hardened into the stones. The children told us they had some of those seashells at home too.
geotv.ge
- So, what can it mean? How could the seashells be found 1200 meters above sea level?

- That proves the old hypothesis that in ancient times, Black and Caspian seas formed one larger body of water. As for these mountains, I am neither a geologist nor an archaeologist and I cannot tell you for sure how old are they. However, I suppose they were the bottom of that large body of water millions of years ago. That must be the same time when dinosaurs walked in what is now Sataplia and left their traces there.
geotv.ge
By the way, this story is largely unknown and not even the population of Zemo Bari is aware of this interesting hypothesis. So, we think, this must be a very important discovery.

By Irma Kharshiladze for Kviris Palitra


Related Stories:

3000-year-old script discovered in Georgia to change world’s history of writing


New Group of European Ancestors Discovered in Georgia

New discovery of 5000 year old grapes suggests Georgia is the cradle of viticulture
Print
Other Stories
Statues of famous people decorating Tbilisi
Statues and monuments remind passersby about history of the country and its prominent people.
Tsinandali Palace – The first European one in Georgia
There are several palaces of nobleman remained in Georgia. The majority of them were destroyed by different conquerors.
Stunning paintings of Rusudan Petviashvili
Rusudan Petviashvili is a Georgian painter. Her talent is recognized worldwide.
The Phaistos Disc decoded - Inscription on the clay plate is in ancient Georgian language
July 3 makes the 101st anniversary since the Phaistos Disc was discovered on the island of Crete.
Tbilisi at night seems so romantic and attractive
Every city changes its appearance at night. One may not even recognize the same city at night.
Royal palaces in Georgia – Part 2
Georgia, a small country in the south Caucasus, has a long-standing history. Georgian kings and queens used to live in royal residences.
Surami fortress and Lisi Lake captured by talented Georgian photographers
Georgian photographers Giorgi Shermazana and David Pix have captured one of the most beautiful places of Georgia through their cameras.
Royal palaces in Georgia - Part 1
Georgia, a small country in the south Caucasus, has a long-standing history. Georgian kings and queens used to live in royal residences.
Tbilisi in Autumn– beautiful places in the capital
Tbilisi is distinguished by its versatile architecture. There is an old part of the city full of historical buildings, churches and small houses with special carvings and typical balconies.
Keti Matabeli – One of the most interesting Georgian painters
Keti Matabeli is a Georgian painter. Her interesting works fascinate people all over the world.
Georgia - a holiday destination in the South Caucasus: Part  2
Georgia is a guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018. Due to the special occasion, various German journals write about Georgia.
Georgia: Europe in Asia, a guest of Honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair which is one of the biggest and most significant cultural and intellectual events all over the world chose Georgia as a guest of honour of the 2018 fair.
Georgia - a holiday destination in the South Caucasus: Part 1
Germany's public international broadcaster Deutsche Welle reviews the culture and history of Georgia.
Tbilisoba to be held in October
The annual festival Tbilisoba will take place on the 6th and 7th of October.
Georgia reflected in the photos of Thomas Dworzak
Thomas Dworzak is a German photojournalist. He is a member of Magnum photos (an international photographic cooperative).
Swiss photographer’s photos show what did Georgia look like in 1993
The Swiss photographer DANIEL Spehr uploaded the photos of Georgia taken in 1993 on his Facebook last year.
Monastery of the Cross in Jerusalem
In ancient times religious centers were utilized for the cultural and educational purposes of the country.
American couple about living in Georgia
Georgian couple Katie and Brodie McClains have been living in Georgia for 4 years now with their children Luke, Anabelle and Maddy.
Georgian monasteries in Azerbaijan
Saingilo is a former province of the Kakheti kingdom, Georgia which is now situated in the territory of Azerbaijan.
Georgian Wine Festival 2018 kicks off for a second time on Shardeni Street
It is now the second year when small, medium and large Georgian wine companies will be given a chance to showcase their products through the Georgian Wine Festival.
Georgian Abbey in Bulgaria called Petritsoni
There are many sites of cultural heritage with the Georgian roots in other countries.
Must see places in Abkhazia
Abkhazia is situated in the northwestern region of Georgia. It covers 8,660 square kilometres (3,340 sq mi) and has a population of around 240,000.
Discover must see places in Shida Kartli
Shida kartli is located in the eastern part of Georgia. It includes the following towns: Gori, Tskhinvali, Kaspi, Kareli, Java and Khashuri.
A traveler advises to visit Kakheti for the Georgian wine tasting
A traveller Benjamin Kemper shares his impressions about Georgia, the wine country – on www.cntraveler.com.
The breathtaking cave in Martvili, named after a 35 year old deceased researcher
Geographer and a producer of organic wine from Samegrelo, Zaza Gagua published photos taken in one of the caves, located in Martvili Municipality on his “Facebook” page.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
16.11.2018
17.11.2018
USD
1
USD
2.6818
2.6727
EUR
1
EUR
3.0299
3.0268
GBP
1
GBP
3.4332
3.4240
RUB
100
RUB
4.0185
4.0447