Thursday, August 09, 2012

STUDIES: Dmanisi Summer School 27.08. until 07.09.2012 (

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Dmanisi Summer School Program

The Dmanisi Summer School combines theoretical and practical training. The lectures will be led by Georgian scientists – specialists in social sciences. The topics covered include: history, art and archaeology of Georgia, also ethnology and numismatics. More in details: Georgian medieval archaeological sites; ethnogenesis of Georgia based on anthropological materials; collections kept in the Georgian National Museum; history of Georgian monastic life; ethnic groups of Georgia; material and religious culture of the different ethnic groups living in Georgia; Georgian marital art etc.

Dmanisi Summer School

The Georgian National Museum with the support of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation announces the opening of a new international project – “Dmanisi Summer School” from 27 August 2012 to 7 September 2012.

The focus of the school is the Georgian Studies - a field of humanities covering Georgian history, religion, linguistics and culture.
The Summer School is open to Georgian and international Bachelor, Master, PhD students or graduates interested in our heritage and in the disciplines related to Georgian history.

The school is located at the Dmanisi Archaeological Museum research base-camp in the village of Patara Dmanisi, 85 km south-west from Tbilisi, in the east Georgia.
• Offering new theoretical and practical experience in the disciplines related to the history of Georgia.
• Acquiring better knowledge of the modern research methodologies in Georgian Studies.
• Improving cultural and academic relations between Georgian and foreign participants.
• Popularizing Georgian heritage and promoting Georgian Studies.
• Presenting various collections from the Georgian National Museum.
• Supporting the development of cultural tourism in Georgia.

Educational program is led by Georgian scientists specialized in social sciences and consists of theoretical and practical training. The topics covered are the following: art, history, and archaeology of Georgia, also ethnology and numismatics.

The program comprises of the workshops, discussions between the participants and the lecturers as well as screening of the documentaries.

Field trips to the Georgian historical sites and museums are included.

At the end of the program participants will be asked to prepare a small presentation.

Maximum number of students: 10

Language: English (and Georgian with translation into English)

Tuition fee: free

At the end of the course participants will receive certificates.

Application deadline is the 10th of August 2012.

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The program includes discussions between the participants and the lecturers; at the end of the course all the participants will be asked to make a small project-presentation on their own. Students will have a unique opportunity to work in team, exchange the knowledge and prepare presentation at the field.

Participants will get acquainted with the original and photo-illustrated material and cultural heritage kept in the Georgian National Museum.

The guided tour will be organized at the archaeological site of Dmanisi. The tour will cover: Dmanisi paleoanthropological site, Dmanisi Bronze age dwelling, Dmanisi medieval city and its structures: parts of the city, dwellings, workspaces, cultural and religious buildings, self-defense system of the city – fortress and the secret tunnel; the suburbs of the medieval city and the cemeteries of different religious groups: Christian-Orthodox (Georgian); Christian- Gregorian (Armenian), and Islamic. Practical experience can be acquired by the archaeological field-work dealing with the methodologies of the excavation, excavations itself, fixation of artifacts and immovable monuments, planning and mapping (both mechanical and with total mapping station), photo fixation; description of the stratigraphy and of the recovered artifacts.

The practical work also includes laboratory work: preparation, restoration and conservation of the archaeological findings.

Additionally, the workshops in experimental archaeology, ethnography - traditional design of clothing and ceramics, and Georgian marital art will be organized. The field trips in the historical places and museums in Georgia will be planned; it will be possible to visit local exhibitions.

The material resources of the summer school are provided by the archaeological museum research camp in Dmanisi and consist of field laboratory, lecture-room, living camp with kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms, also transportation.

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