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Late Antiquity Remains of Architectural Complex in Dzalisa, Kartli

The archaeological site of Dzalisa is situated in central Kartli in the Mukhrani Valley. This significant archaeological settlement bears witness to the developed urban life in Kartli (Iberia) in the first centuries AD.

The town was regularly planned with squares and intersecting streets. There were public, religious and residential buildings with a public water supply.

There are remains of several periods, but noteworthy are those of monumental buildings of Late antiquity.

A villa of Roman type- Villa Rustica discovered in Dzalisa is remarkable with its mosaic floors, which is the earliest ones to have been discovered in Georgia so far.

A building the with an atrium was the central part of an architectural complex which occupied 2500 sq.m, judging by the remains of the structure, the palace is one of the largest buildings from antiquity. The complex dates 2nd-3d centuries AD.

One of the most remarkable remains is a swimming pool, which extends over 414 sq.m and is unique roman site in Georgia, distinguished by its dimensions.

Ancient city of Dzalisa was first discovered in 1971 during archaeological excavations by Nastakisi Archaeological Research Center.

The Dzalisa Museum Reserve is a part of the Georgian National Museum. The project is also supported by local and regional governments.

General plan for conservation of Dzalisa development of the infrastructure has been undertaken by the financial support of BP and its partner organizations.  

 

Source: information boards at the site.

By Nina Gomarteli

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