The lost fortress of Onoguris? Newly discovered sixth-century AD fortifications at Khuntsistsikhe, western Georgia

Everill, Paul and Lortkipanidze, Besik and Murghulia, Nikoloz and Colvin, Ian and Lomitashvili, Davit (2017) The lost fortress of Onoguris? Newly discovered sixth-century AD fortifications at Khuntsistsikhe, western Georgia. Antiquity, 91 (356 e5). ISSN 0003-598X

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Abstract

The village of Khuntsi is located in the Martvili municipality of Samegrelo, western Georgia, on the west bank of the Tskhenistskali River, on the road that links Martvili, Khoni and Kutaisi. A few short sections of wall on Kukiti Hill (known locally as ‘Najikhu’, translating roughly from Mingrelian as ‘ruins (remains) of a castle’) indicate the presence of a fortress. Six years ago, the installation of a mobile phone mast and associated infrastructure without consultation with the appropriate archaeological agencies revealed and damaged archaeological structures. Animal bone and fragments of pottery were retrieved, and are currently stored in the school in Khuntsi. It was information from a local school teacher, Zoya Gadelia, that led the Anglo-Georgian Expedition to Nokalakevi to investigate the site in 2015.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Georgia; Archaeology
Subjects: V Historical & philosophical studies > V400 Archaeology
Departments: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Archaeology
Depositing User: Paul Everill
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2017 14:27
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2017 10:58
URI: http://repository.winchester.ac.uk/id/eprint/542

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