Ceramic technology at the Kura-Araxes I and II site of Khizanaant Gora, Shida Kartli, Georgia

Mark Iserlis*, Raphael Greenberg

*Corresponding author for this work

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Khizanaant Gora is a settlement in the core region ofthe Kura-Araxes phenomenon that exhibits a continuous sequence which bridges the transition from Kura-Araxes I (c. 3300 - 2900 BCE) to Kura-Araxes II (c. 2900 -2500 BCE), making it a key site for identifying the evolution of the tradition. Comparative technological analysis of the pottery assemblages of Khizanaant Gora and Kura-Araxes settlements in Caucasus, Anatolia and the Levant, providing insight into relations between producers, users, pots and the environment, can be a key to understanding how the culture was maintained over time and space. Using visual observations, experimental work and microscopic analysis, we describe the Kura-Araxes ceramic paradigm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSystemizing the Past
Subtitle of host publicationPapers in Near Eastern and Caucasian Archaeology Dedicated to Pavel S. Avetisyan on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781803273938
ISBN (Print)9781803273921
StatePublished - 2 Mar 2023


  • Ceramic technology
  • Chaîne opératoire analysis
  • Khizanaant Gora
  • Knowledge distribution and authorization
  • Kura-Araxes
  • Optical mineralogy
  • Raw materials
  • Technological principles


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