29th February, Ertegun House, University of Oxford

9.30 Introductions

Session 1

9.45 Developing Georgian Cultural Heritage Database Management Systems: challenges and future goals
Giorgi Khaburzania (National Agency for Cult. Herit. Pres. of Georgia)

10.10 Recent archaeological excavations on the Salbir Plateau (Gabala, Azerbaijan)
Jeyhun Eminli (Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Azerbaijan)

10.35 A step in Armenian archaeology and beyond: an overview of recent research in different archaeological periods and sites
Artur Petrosyan (Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Armenia)

11.00 Coffee Break
Session 2

11.30 The main stages of prehistoric agriculture in the South Caucasus (VI-I millennia B.C.)
Roman Hovsepyan (Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Armenia)

11.55 Early Bronze Age settlement patterns in Azerbaijan
Narmin Ismayilova (University of Birmingham)

12.20 The Kura-Araxes Culture: reconstructing culinary practices and pottery technology using a multi-analytical approach
Nyree Manoukian (University of Oxford)

12.45 Lunch

Session 3

13.45 The chronological issues of the Early Kurgan Period in the South Caucasus: From the perspective of the bronze weapon and metallurgy
Zviad Sherezadashvili (Gori Historical-Ethnographical Museum, Georgia)

14.10 Metalworking at Mtsvane Gora and the innovation of iron in the Caucasus
Nat Erb-Satullo (University of Oxford)

15.35 Steppe Sisters: A new network for women in archaeology
Ashleigh Haruda and Alicia Ventresca Miller (MLU Halle-Wittenburg, University of Michigan)

15.00 Tea

Session 4

15.30 Archaeological landscapes of Soanezia: past, present… and future?
Dimitri Jachvliani (Georgian National Museum)

15.55 Recent survey in the Lagodekhi region of Georgia
Kristen Hopper (Durham University)

16.20 Discussion
17.00 End
18.00 Dinner

Contact: Paul Wordsworth ( for further details. Organizing committee: Paul Wordsworth, Kristen Hopper, Selin Nugent, Nyree Manoukian, Nathaniel Erb-Satullo, Katie Campbell

Co-sponsored by the University of Oxford, Friends of Academic Research in Georgia (FaRiG), and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC)