Virtual Presentation: “Bridging Georgia East and West: Exploring Ceramics from the First Millennium BCE”

By Ruth Portes, Cornell University and ARISC Fellow

Date: Friday, December 15, 2023

Time: 7:00-8:30PM Tbilisi Time / 10:00-11:30AM EDT

The talk will be held via Zoom. To register:

Ruth will be presenting on research conducted from July – September studying ceramics dating from the LBA – 2nd c. BCE from both eastern and western Georgia. She will also discuss some new ceramic materials excavated from Dmanisis Gora, a Late Bronze Age – Early Iron Age fortress complex, during Project ARKK’s 2023 field season directed by Dr. Nathaniel Erb-Satullo and Dimitri Jachvliani. This work constitutes some of the groundwork necessary for researching a dissertation that explores how the convergence of Greek colonization and Achaemenid hegemony in the mid-first millennium BCE South Caucasus transformed the social production of landscape.

Ruth Portes is a Ph.D. Candidate in Classical Archaeology at Cornell University, where her research focuses on the interactions between local and foreign groups during the first millennium BCE South Caucasus, particularly through mortuary data and ceramics. She received her B.A. in Archaeology and Writing from Johns Hopkins University in 2016, and her M.A. in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies from Brandeis University in 2018. She has excavated in Spain, Israel, Mongolia, and Georgia. Ruth is the recipient of ARISC Graduate/Postdoctoral Fellowship funding for which is provided by ARISC General Funds.

This talk is organized as a part of the ARISC Event Series that showcases the work of ARISC fellows. ARISC does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, education, age, income, socio-economic status, or status as a covered veteran.