About Sights – Nokalakevi Fortress

29 Aug

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Nokalakevi (Georgian: ნოქალაქევი) is an archaeological site consisting of the remains of 4-6th century A.D fortress in the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region of Georgia. Occupying some 20 ha, the site was known to early Byzantine historians as Archaeopolis, and to Georgian chroniclers as Tsikhegoji (“Fortress of Kuji”).

Occupying a strategic position in a loop of the Tekhuri River, Nokalakevi was one of the key fortresses guarding Lazika (modern Samegrelo).

Though the fortifications and structures visible today mainly date from the 4-6th century A.D., there is evidence of several earlier phases of occupation from before the 8th century BC (late Bronze/early Iron Age). Ongoing excavations are carried out by the ‘Anglo-Georgian Expedition to Nokalakevi’ and provide archaeological training for both international and Georgian archaeology students.

Between 1980 and 1990, archaeologists excavated 6 churches, (one from 4th century A.D., 1 from the 5th century and 4 from the 6th century), 2 bath houses from the 4-6th century…

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