Gravestones with Georgian Inscriptions from the High Medieval Period at Dmanisi, Georgia

Jimsher Chkhvimiani

Abstract


This paper discusses gravestones with Georgian inscriptions discovered during the archaeological excavations at the cemetery of the medieval city of Dmanisi. Although the tombstones with epitaphs were discovered in the 1970-1980s, this paper is the first typological, paleographical, and art historical study of the material.

Keywords


Archaeological excavations, medieval period, cemetery, memorial monument, tomb, individual burial, collective burial, pit grave, cist tomb, burial gravestone, tombstone, skeleton, epitaph, Georgian inscription, grave goods, burial tradition, coin

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