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1 Pro-Islamic Neophytes Regarded as Existential “Failure” of Globalization Processes , Rustem Zhangozha
  The article observes the modern ethno-political and religious situation formed in today’s world. In the context of globalization and trans-cultural processes, the new unexplored forms of the ideology that influences social policies and procedures in the various regions of the world occurred. Primarily, these are quasi-Islamic marginalized group movements. In a pilot study, the author ponders the theme of the phenomenon of marginal quasi-religious entities.
2 European Charter and the Issue of Regional or Minority Languages in Georgia   , Ucha Bluashvili  
The policy of international relations within the country, conducted by modern Georgian State is based on rich historical traditions of our country and on the fundamental provisions of the two documents approved by the world international organizations – “European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages” and the “Framework Convention on Human Rights for Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.” Besides, the European documents give the prerogative to the authorities of concrete countries taking into consideration the democratic principles, to determine the criteria basing on which a certain language spoken in the territory of this or that country will be given the status of an independent language.” It was natural that Russian occupation of Georgia had left its trace in every area of the social life in the country. The people of different nationalities living in Georgia always preferred their children to go to Russian schools which were widely spread all over the country and restrained the area of using the Georgian language. Additionally, it conditioned the low level of civil identification. This in its turn caused the situation in which the ethnic groups living in Georgia perceive themselves as the representatives of their historical homeland, and not as the members of the Georgian society. This is such situation which represents the main peculiarity of Georgia in comparison with Western civilized countries. If the mentioned situation is not taken into deliberate consideration, conducting the right policy of international relations within the country will not be successful. After restoring the independence of Georgia , the motivation to learn the Georgian language has increased among the national minorities living in Georgia. The situation is improving slowly but steadily.The State Language regains its due position which means that the linguistic situation in the country is returning to its natural position. One part of population of ethnic Armenians (in Javakheti) and Azerbaijanians (in Kvemo Kartli) on the ground of the wrong interpretation of the Charter and other related European documents have been insisting on announcing their native languages as the regional ones. It would be the great and unforgivable mistake, while, the Georgian State does everything to deepen the integration of non-Georgian population of these regions in linguistic, cultural, political or economical spheres. Moreover, when the local non-Georgian population show great interest and try to replace the Russian language by Georgian, and when such politics has already shown positive results, introducing the status of regional languages in the mentioned territorial entities will decrease the 9 motivation of learning the Georgian language by non-Georgian population and will impede the ongoing process of integration. On the base of analysis of the conflicts having happened recently, it is not difficult to predict the results of such politics: introducing the status of regional languages will encourage the segmentation of Georgia, will support separatastic attitudes and all this will consequently bring new conflicts. The main sufferers from such situation will be the population of the regions themselves. Thus, instead of improving the situation, which by no doubt is the aim of the Charter, we will receive totally opposite results.The policy of international relations within the country, conducted by modern Georgian State is based on rich historical traditions of our country and on the fundamental provisions of the two documents approved by the world international organizations – “European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages” and the “Framework Convention on Human Rights for Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.” Besides, the European documents give the prerogative to the authorities of concrete countries taking into consideration the democratic principles, to determine the criteria basing on which a certain language spoken in the territory of this or that country will be given the status of an independent language.” It was natural that Russian occupation of Georgia had left its trace in every area of the social life in the country. The people of different nationalities living in Georgia always preferred their children to go to Russian schools which were widely spread all over the country and restrained the area of using the Georgian language. Additionally, it conditioned the low level of civil identification. This in its turn caused the situation in which the ethnic groups living in Georgia perceive themselves as the representatives of their historical homeland, and not as the members of the Georgian society. This is such situation which represents the main peculiarity of Georgia in comparison with Western civilized countries. If the mentioned situation is not taken into deliberate consideration, conducting the right policy of international relations within the country will not be successful. After restoring the independence of Georgia , the motivation to learn the Georgian language has increased among the national minorities living in Georgia. The situation is improving slowly but steadily.The State Language regains its due position which means that the linguistic situation in the country is returning to its natural position. One part of population of ethnic Armenians (in Javakheti) and Azerbaijanians (in Kvemo Kartli) on the ground of the wrong interpretation of the Charter and other related European documents have been insisting on announcing their native languages as the regional ones. It would be the great and unforgivable mistake, while, the Georgian State does everything to deepen the integration of non-Georgian population of these regions in linguistic, cultural, political or economical spheres. Moreover, when the local non-Georgian population show great interest and try to replace the Russian language by Georgian, and when such politics has already shown positive results, introducing the status of regional languages in the mentioned territorial entities will decrease the 9 motivation of learning the Georgian language by non-Georgian population and will impede the ongoing process of integration. On the base of analysis of the conflicts having happened recently, it is not difficult to predict the results of such politics: introducing the status of regional languages will encourage the segmentation of Georgia, will support separatastic attitudes and all this will consequently bring new conflicts. The main sufferers from such situation will be the population of the regions themselves. Thus, instead of improving the situation, which by no doubt is the aim of the Charter, we will receive totally opposite results.
3 Some Iron Age and Medieval Sites in Göle District of Ardahan   , Sami Pataci, Özlem Oral Pataci
In this paper, an evaluation of some Iron Age and Medieval sites in Göle district of Ardahan is contained. The results of the field surveys conducted by us in Ardahan in 2016 and 2017 are effective in this assessment. The archaeological sites forming the subject of the article are located between the villages of Kuzupınarı and Bellitepe in Göle. The archaeological sites in question are an Iron Age fortress and its settlement in Kuzupınarı, two Iron Age towers, an ancient pen and a Medieval church in Bellitepe and a Medieval archaeological site in Dedeşen.
4 The processes taking place in the USA and Republic of Georgia (October-March, 1990-1991) , Erekle Shvelidze  
The represented work aims to determine the character of attitude of the USA Government and official circles towards the authorities of newly declared Republic of Georgia. The countries of the Western World which recognized the USSR, avoided settling the relations with newly declared former Soviet Republics and especially Georgia among others. Despite this fact the leader state of the West – the USA tried to show their interest in indirect ways towards the national and democratic processes taking place in Georgia. The USA Government greeted the multi-partial elections which brought the communist era to the end. The so called “parallel tactics” announced by the USA was an important initiative n that period of time. It was an important fact that on the day when Referendum was taking place in Georgia the results of which showed that great majority of the population voted for the Independence, ex-president Richard Nixon visited Tbilisi. In its turn, the new government of Georgia was trying to express their support to the USA and other democratic countries of the world in their actions against Iraq.
5 Foreign policy and orientation of the administration of independent Georgia (April-August 1991) , Erekle Shvelidze  
This article examines the foreign policy orientation of the Independent Georgian government in April-August 1991. It analyses the relations Georgia had on international arena in that period. Georgia apparently had the most intensive relations with the existing and the former Republics of the USSR. It is worth mentioning that the best and most intensive were the relations with the Baltic Republics. The contacts with neighboring Armenia and Azerbaijan were also comparatively close. Georgia signed some treaties of political and economical character with them. The interrelations mutual solidarity were continued with the East European countries of so called “Socialist countries” which had already become the independent countries (Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and others). Those countries could not at that time recognize Georgia’s independence but they tried as far as was possible, to express moral support; the economical-cultural relations were accented to develop. The National Government of the independent Georgia aimed to have interrelations with other countries of the world as well, which was difficult to realize because of the serious obstacles. The fact that Georgia’s independence was not recognized at that time represented the main barrier for the relations. The countries of the Western democracies avoided such official ties and the relations were limited to the humanitarian sphere. Despite this fact, the tendency of growing interest towards Georgia was obvious. Till the August 1991, Georgia’s new government also tries also to fix pro-western orientation. But the processes could not develop in positive way. The international political attitude to the former Soviet republic which had announced their independence, unfortunately changed in unfavorable way. Georgia appeared to be in political isolation. That was conditioned by the demands of the so called mainstream policy and global interests of the USA and USSR. The interests of Georgia were temporarily sacrificed to agreement between the Soviet Union and the USA on reduction of the strategic armament. It was also a mistake made by the Georgian  Government which took a hard-line postion towards the USA administration thus aiding to the process of international isolation of Georgia.
6 Qaqutsa Cholokashvili’s Ties with the North Caucasus (1923, June-November) , Edisher Narimanidze
The represented work refers to the armed resistence which took place in August-September  1922, one year after the occupation of Georgian Democratic Republic by the Soviet Russia (1918-1921). The resistance movement took place in Dusheti administrative region and mountainous region of Pshav-Khevsureti. It was led by Georgian Democratic Republic Army cavalry Division 1st company commander, colonel Qaikhosro (Qaqutsa) Cholokashvili who was brought up in Sighnaghi administrative region (now Akhmeta region) village Matani. Beginning from March 12, 1922, with his fellow warriors and friends, who were known by the name “shefitsulebi” – sworn men, or “those who fought under the oath,” was camped in the forest. Unfortunately, the resistance was defeated.     This work deals with the ties between Qaqutsa Cholokashvili and his combatants with the North Caucasus from June 1923 till November 1923, through the comparatively large and full investigation. This issue is thoroughly investigated using the source documents, emigrant literature and new archive documents which were considered from the new viewpoint, critically and objectively. The main result of the investigation is that when studying and analyzing the resistance movement in Georgia in 1921-1923, which was aimed to restore independence of Georgia, besides the early known documents, large number of the archive materials being unknown and unpublished till our days, have been now investigated, studied and used to analyze the mentioned important period of time in the Georgian historiography. Those materials mainly refer to the ties between the Georgian movement leader Qaqutsa Cholokashvili and the North Caucasus leaders.     In relation with the situation formed nowadays in the North Caucasus, the scientific work has its practical as well as theoretical importance.  
7 Investigate the World because of the Empirical Sensation of Reality in All Its Universal Completeness and Manifestyle , Rustem Zhangozha
In this article the overview of turbulent processes, in which complex configurations of different ethnocultural discourses is discussed. Dramatic situation is not in parity and absence of actor's consensus of this process, which summons painful reaction of the participants of these contacts.
8 The Role of Georgian Defense Forces in International Participation through Missions in Foreign Policy , Vladimer Natenadze
For Georgia, as for the small country with difficult geopolitics, foreign policy is crucial იn terms of security and ensuring sovereignty. The country, as an important contributor to Euro-Atlantic security, contributes to the strengthening of international stability and security, actively participates in the peacekeeping operations under the auspices of NATO. The main priority of the foreign and security policy of Georgia is integration in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). For the Armed Forces, it is very important to be trained in accordance with the modern standards and gaining experience in international missions, which is essential for raising and strengthening the country's defense capabilities. Besides, NATO institutions were established developed energetic and infrastructure projects that serve to strengthen the country, integrate into Euro-Atlantic space, restore territorial integrity and support strengthening of stability. On the other hand, Georgia, as a member of NATO, will be a source of stability on the Caucasus and the Black Sea, which will create security guarantees in the region.
9 Inscription found on Grakliani Hill , Eduard Maisuradze
The paper deals with the village Igoeti of Kaspi municipality in Georgia During archaeological excavations at Grakliani hill in Igoeti (2007) This year, the head of TSU Professor Vakhtang Licheli) Key inscription discovered. The work represents the present Based on data (inscription execution form, inscription design, Period of inscription completed (XI BC - X BC) The first attempt at scientific inquiry. Georgian alphabet Based on historical references to the origin of the Gracliani Gori inscription The signs / graphics are compared to ancient pre-Christian inscriptions, particularly, Calligraphy of Georgian alphabet in archaic stage and Sumerian hieroglyphic Signs. The focus is on identifying the semantics of inscription marks in the names of the astral deities in the pagan Georgian and Sumerian Pantheons, Which are inscribed in the inscription and are archaeological relevance With the monument space.
10 Exploratory field research expedition in Aspindza municipality (Tmogvi, Achkhia-Mirashkhani, Saro-khizabavra) , Tamar Matiashvili, Nikoloz Akhalkatsi
The work is presented through Samtskhe-Javakheti State University’s science project – Field research expedition in October of 2018. Expedition group consisted of university professors and students of archeology. Archeological field research was done in Aspinda municipality (villages Tmogvi, Achkhia, Mirashkhani, Saro, Khizabavra). The archeological material which was retrieved during the survey of above mentioned locations have been identified: On Ackhia valley, ceramic material retrieved from around Kurgans is identical to the ones discovered by Meskheti-Javakheti expeditions and thus are dated fromthe end of XVI BC to the first half of XV BC. Materials retrieved from Achkhia village remains are dated late middle ages. Stone box slabs found in village Saro, within the territories of UshangiIvanidze are identified as a burial from the Hellenistic age. Burial items given to us by UshangiIvanidze from the village Saro are dated IV-III BC due to the necklace and burial jar. On the norther side of Khizabavra, large Kurgans were identified, as well as, remains of a church. On the eastern side of Khizabavra, close to the remains of a church where arch of a hall church is visible, ceramic material was retrieved and dated late middle ages. Archeological material was retrieved close to Saint Marinachurch of Tmogvi, mostly clay pottery from the late middle ages.
11 The Political Situation in Georgia at the End of the 50-ies and Beginning of the 60-ies XI Century , Vasil Mosiashvili
The represented work refers to the political situation existing in Georgia at the end of the 50-ies and beginning of the 60-ies of the 15th century. The work has been done taking into consideration the approaches given in our historiography, and also, basing on the available historical sources This period is characterized by opposition between the royal power and noble people, the character of the Byzantine-Georgian political relations, the role of  Turk-Seljuks in the regulation of the relations between Byzantium and Georgia, the reasons of returning Bagrat IV from Byzantium to Georgia, the role of church in returning Bagrat IV to Georgia, his  intensive actions in the  domestic and foreign policies of the country, the steps made towards the church reforms such as inviting the religious figure and scholar Giorgi Mtatsmindeli to Georgia, settling the problem of Tbilisi (the capital), strengthening the royal power, unite different politically opposed groups, settling peace throughout the country, solving numerous other problems existing at that time.   This work analyzes  the  following  issues: why the Byzantine  Empire changed its policy towards the  Georgian  kingdom?    What  were  the  circumstances  that  contributed  to  the      release  of  Bagrat  IV  from        “honorable  captivity"?    How  did  the  king  of  Georgia      overcome  the  resistance  of  Abazasdze        and  Baghvashi  families?  How did he fight for accession of Tbilisi?    The  arrival  of  George  of  Mtatsminda      to  Georgia  and  his  Church  reform  is  also  referred  to  in  the  work.  It  is  shown,  how  powerful  Georgia  was  politically  before  Alp        Arslan’s  invasions. This  work  argues  that  the  further  development  of  Georgia  on  her  way  to  political  progress  had   been  suspended  by  Turk  Seljuk  military  campaigns  under  the  command  of      Alp  Arslan.
12 On the issue of Akhaltsikhe pasha and the origin of the Jakheli , Kakhaber Gloveli
In 1490 united Georgian feudal government was dissolved and in its place were established kingdoms of Kartli, Imereti and one principality of Samtskhe. This principality which later was called Samtskhe-Saatabago, had quite successful economy and politics and didn’t draw back from the other kingdoms. There was times when its power exceeded those kingdom’s power. Territory of Samtskhe-Saatabago was equal to one third (1/3) of Georgia. Due to its convenient positions it was never forgotten by Georgian kings and foreign invaders. Samtskhe was ruled by famous dynasty of Jakelians. Their Georgian origin was doubtful for Turkish
13 On the issue of Akhaltsikhe pasha and the origin of the Jakheli , Kakhaber Gloveli
In 1490 united Georgian feudal government was dissolved and in its place were established kingdoms of Kartli, Imereti and one principality of Samtskhe. This principality which later was called Samtskhe-Saatabago, had quite successful economy and politics and didn’t draw back from the other kingdoms. There was times when its power exceeded those kingdom’s power. Territory of Samtskhe-Saatabago was equal to one third (1/3) of Georgia. Due to its convenient positions it was never forgotten by Georgian kings and foreign invaders. Samtskhe was ruled by famous dynasty of Jakelians. Their Georgian origin was doubtful for Turkish
14 The idea of an Isani Karavi and Georgian Constitutionalism , Amiran Kurtanidze
The thesis pertains to the modern consideration of circumstance happened in the beginning of governance of Tamar of Georgia, as well as appearance of Kurtlu-Arslan’s group during 1184-1185 who had introduced the unique requirement for that time and following period – establishment of special governing body “Karavi” adjacent to Kingdom Hall in Isani. This had to be the institution like Parliament without attendance of King and Karavi’s members had to determine legislative, judiciary and personnel matters while Tamar of Georgia had to only execute their decisions. The appearance of Kurtlu-Arslani’s group is the historical event and is three years ahead from calling of Cortes in the Kingdom of Castile, Spain, in 1188 and is 30 years ahead from “the Great Charter of the Liberties" forced to John Lackland by the Barons of England in 1215 on the basis of which in 1265 was established the Parliament in England. This was the Georgian model of political authority demarcation of which foundations were elaborated by Locke and Montesquieu during XVII-XVIII centuries, after the five centuries. This was the “Third Estate” uprising for limitation of king’s governance and demarcation of political authority and it had the world-historical meaning.
15 The Village of Akura - Past and Present (According to ethnographic materials) , Medea Burduli
The article describes the dynamics of socio-economic changes in one of the villages in the Kakheti region from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day, which is more or less characteristic of the Georgian village as a whole. In the 20th century, the village of Georgia has twice altered the fundamental of socio-economic development - the form of ownership; This basic changes have led to a kind of deterioration in the labor, social, cultural, economic and psychosocial relations of rural residents. The goal of our work is to show the dynamics of these changes. All major agricultural activities - farming, animal husbandry and viticulture were developed in the village. Many so-called “Ojakhishvili”(good families) i.e. wealthy peasants lived in the village. In the 1930s during the global collectivization they were ascribed to Kulaks and were dekulakized. From today's perspective it appears that these “Ojakhishvili” were ordinary, hard-working peasants who used wage labor to do business. This process severely damaged the Georgian village. According to ethnographic materials, by the 1980s the Akura collective farm was a millionaire, they had all the basic agricultural crops, there were no problems with employment, they worked both on the farm and in the enterprises of the region. Today, due to employment problems, rural migration is growing. After the land reform of the 1990s, because of the high cost of land cultivation and the lack of agricultural machinery, part of the population sold the land they received after the reform and some bought it; hence today the economic level of the villagers is different. Land reform was carried out with deficiencies that have hampered the development of some traditional agricultural sectors. Today in the village, where livestock farming was once the leading field, there are no pastures; because of the fragmentation of the land it is impossible to grow cereals. Currently, the main direction of agriculture in Akura is viticulture and livestock. Rural residents refrain from working together, because of the unstable situation.
16 The Village of Akura - Past and Present (According to ethnographic materials) , Medea Burduli
The article describes the dynamics of socio-economic changes in one of the villages in the Kakheti region from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day, which is more or less characteristic of the Georgian village as a whole. In the 20th century, the village of Georgia has twice altered the fundamental of socio-economic development - the form of ownership; This basic changes have led to a kind of deterioration in the labor, social, cultural, economic and psychosocial relations of rural residents. The goal of our work is to show the dynamics of these changes. All major agricultural activities - farming, animal husbandry and viticulture were developed in the village. Many so-called “Ojakhishvili”(good families) i.e. wealthy peasants lived in the village. In the 1930s during the global collectivization they were ascribed to Kulaks and were dekulakized. From today's perspective it appears that these “Ojakhishvili” were ordinary, hard-working peasants who used wage labor to do business. This process severely damaged the Georgian village. According to ethnographic materials, by the 1980s the Akura collective farm was a millionaire, they had all the basic agricultural crops, there were no problems with employment, they worked both on the farm and in the enterprises of the region. Today, due to employment problems, rural migration is growing. After the land reform of the 1990s, because of the high cost of land cultivation and the lack of agricultural machinery, part of the population sold the land they received after the reform and some bought it; hence today the economic level of the villagers is different. Land reform was carried out with deficiencies that have hampered the development of some traditional agricultural sectors. Today in the village, where livestock farming was once the leading field, there are no pastures; because of the fragmentation of the land it is impossible to grow cereals. Currently, the main direction of agriculture in Akura is viticulture and livestock. Rural residents refrain from working together, because of the unstable situation.
17 The Village of Akura - Past and Present (According to ethnographic materials) , Medea Burduli
The article describes the dynamics of socio-economic changes in one of the villages in the Kakheti region from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day, which is more or less characteristic of the Georgian village as a whole. In the 20th century, the village of Georgia has twice altered the fundamental of socio-economic development - the form of ownership; This basic changes have led to a kind of deterioration in the labor, social, cultural, economic and psychosocial relations of rural residents. The goal of our work is to show the dynamics of these changes. All major agricultural activities - farming, animal husbandry and viticulture were developed in the village. Many so-called “Ojakhishvili”(good families) i.e. wealthy peasants lived in the village. In the 1930s during the global collectivization they were ascribed to Kulaks and were dekulakized. From today's perspective it appears that these “Ojakhishvili” were ordinary, hard-working peasants who used wage labor to do business. This process severely damaged the Georgian village. According to ethnographic materials, by the 1980s the Akura collective farm was a millionaire, they had all the basic agricultural crops, there were no problems with employment, they worked both on the farm and in the enterprises of the region. Today, due to employment problems, rural migration is growing. After the land reform of the 1990s, because of the high cost of land cultivation and the lack of agricultural machinery, part of the population sold the land they received after the reform and some bought it; hence today the economic level of the villagers is different. Land reform was carried out with deficiencies that have hampered the development of some traditional agricultural sectors. Today in the village, where livestock farming was once the leading field, there are no pastures; because of the fragmentation of the land it is impossible to grow cereals. Currently, the main direction of agriculture in Akura is viticulture and livestock. Rural residents refrain from working together, because of the unstable situation.
18 The Village of Akura - Past and Present (According to ethnographic materials) , Medea Burduli
The article describes the dynamics of socio-economic changes in one of the villages in the Kakheti region from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day, which is more or less characteristic of the Georgian village as a whole. In the 20th century, the village of Georgia has twice altered the fundamental of socio-economic development - the form of ownership; This basic changes have led to a kind of deterioration in the labor, social, cultural, economic and psychosocial relations of rural residents. The goal of our work is to show the dynamics of these changes. All major agricultural activities - farming, animal husbandry and viticulture were developed in the village. Many so-called “Ojakhishvili”(good families) i.e. wealthy peasants lived in the village. In the 1930s during the global collectivization they were ascribed to Kulaks and were dekulakized. From today's perspective it appears that these “Ojakhishvili” were ordinary, hard-working peasants who used wage labor to do business. This process severely damaged the Georgian village. According to ethnographic materials, by the 1980s the Akura collective farm was a millionaire, they had all the basic agricultural crops, there were no problems with employment, they worked both on the farm and in the enterprises of the region. Today, due to employment problems, rural migration is growing. After the land reform of the 1990s, because of the high cost of land cultivation and the lack of agricultural machinery, part of the population sold the land they received after the reform and some bought it; hence today the economic level of the villagers is different. Land reform was carried out with deficiencies that have hampered the development of some traditional agricultural sectors. Today in the village, where livestock farming was once the leading field, there are no pastures; because of the fragmentation of the land it is impossible to grow cereals. Currently, the main direction of agriculture in Akura is viticulture and livestock. Rural residents refrain from working together, because of the unstable situation.
19 TRANSFORMATION OF TRADITIONAL VALUES IN THE CONDITIONS OF POST-MODERN AND INITIAL PHASE POST- POSTMODERN IN SOCIAL PRACTICE , RUSTEM ZHANGOZHA
Abstract   The article is devoted to the relationship of the processes of comparative studies in artistic culture with the processes of social practice in the context of globalization and multiculturalism. The problem of multiculturalism was considered in the context of postmodernism, which went beyond the limits of the artistic method and was extrapolated to social practice. Under the influence of these processes, the value system is radically transformed. Analyzing the problem of multiculturalism from the point of view of comparative studies, the author comes to the preliminary conclusion that the intensification of protest social movements “Islamic State”, “Taliban” and others in the Middle East and “right movements”, nationalism and isolationism in Europe represent a spontaneous response to the process of globalization and an attempt to preserve ethno-cultural identity. These same reasons can explain the decline in the influence and attractiveness of liberal-democratic models of social development. In the medium term, we can expect spontaneous turbulent processes in the social and political life of not only developing countries, but also countries with stable socio-political traditions.    Keywords: Globalization, multiculturalism, globalistics informational space, comparativistics, postmodernism, social practice.
20 ON THE PROBLEM OF GEORGIAN TERRITORIAL PRETENSIONS REGARDING SOCHI DISTRICT , UCHA BLUASHVILI
Abstract The historical sources of the antique epoch (Flavius, Arianne) clearly show that in the 2nd century the Georgian (Kartvelian) population, namely, Laz people, really dwelt in the North-East part of the Black Sea region. Beginning from the 5th century, the territory between the regions of Apkhazeti and Jiqeti was known under the name Nikopsia. During the period of the 8th -11th centuries, Nikopsia was a part of the Georgian principality of Abkhazeti. The following Georgian expressions which refer to the old Georgian territories: “nikopsiidan darubandamde “–– “spread from Nikopsia to Darubandi” and “ovsetidan sperad aragatsamde” – “beginning from Oseti through Speri to Aragats” - are historically confirmed and well known from the times of the Georgian King Davit Aghmashenebeli (David the Builder). Those territories were the important part of the Georgian Kingdom under the rule of David Aghmashenebeli. The intensive process of migration of the Abkhaz –Adygh people from the North Caucasus to the sea-side regions began in the 13th century. In the 14th century Georgia lost a part of its territory, namely, the outmost principality Saeristao, a part of Abkazeti region, the territory between the rivers Nikopsia and Bzipi. This processes caused expulsion of the Georgian population from the region and in parallel, moving and settling of the North Caucasus people to the mentioned region. At the time when the late middle centuries began, the Georgian population had already disappeared from the territory between the rivers Nikopsia and Bzipi. Beginning from the 30-ies of the 19th century, Russia started the process of adoption of the Sochi territory and its surroundings. It seems that at the mentioned time the territories were almost uninhabited. The Tsarist Russia tried to occupy the territory by Russian inhabitants but Russian people were accustomed to living in the prairies, called steps in Russian, so they were not eager to dwell on the sea side territory. Later, Russia inhabited these territories by Ukrainians, Estonians and Moldavians. At the end of the 19th century, the Georgians from different regions of Georgia began to live there too (from Samegrelo, Racha).   In March 1918, incited and supported by bolshevik Russia, Abkhaz bolsheviks announced the Soviet power in Sokhumi and addressed Russia for help and support. The council of Abkhaz people in its turn addressed Tbilisi (the Trans-Caucasian Seim) to help and support Abkhazeti against bolsheviks. The Georgian Army under the command of General Giorgi Mazniashvili liberated Abkhazeti and then occupies Sochi and Tuapse. The representatives of the Russian Volunteer Army Generals - Mikhail Alekseev and Anton Denikin, in the form of ultimatum, requested the Georgian Army to retreat. Mazniashvili offered negotiations to the Generals of the Russian Volunteers Army. On the 6th of September, this Army occupied Tuapse. The negotiations between the Government of Georgia and representatives of the Russian Army took place on September 6th but they brought no results. General Denikin united all the anti-Soviet forces in the South of Russia and becan military activities to occupy Sochi. In December, the soldiers of the Denikin Army occupied first Sochi and then Gagra. After the Bolshevik Army destroyed the military forces of General Denikin, the Georgian Army succeeded in deoccupying Gagra though it did not even try to enter Sochi and thus, stopped its actions at the Psou River.. Thus, the territorial pretensions of Georgia towards the Sochi and Nikopsia (Tuapse), from the viewpoint of the first native inhabitants, are reasonable, though it must be said that those territories were not taken off from Georgia by Russia. Long before Russians came to the territory, the Georgians had left it as a result of the expansion of the mountainous people. As for the role of Sergo Ordjonikidze in regard with Sochi problem, he did not have any bearing on it.   Key Words: Sochi region, Apkhazeti, Democratic Republic of Georgia.
21 MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA , OTAR JANELIDZE
Abstract The history of activities of the state institutions of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, including the Ministries is not properly studied. The present article aims to make up for some of these shortcomings of historiography and, based on the first sources, covers the work the Ministry of Internal Affairs in 1918-1921.   The Ministry of Internal Affairs was established immediately after the restoration of Georgia's state independence and the establishment of a democratic republic. From the very first day, it was headed by the famous Georgian Social Democrat Noe Ramishvili, who was also the chairman of the government from May 26, 1918 to June 24, 1918.   The agency had: a central division, charity, healthcare, post and telegraph departments and a special detachment. The Central Division of the Ministry included administrative, general, reporting, local economy, community, veterinary and bordering departments, and the Central Committee for Refugees. The Criminal Investigation Militia was also subject to the Ministry. The agency was responsible for ensuring state order, citizen registration and providing them with ID documents, general control over the formation and operation of local self-government bodies throughout the country, as well as support for the development of the communication systems - post and telegraph etc.   The study showed that the Ministry of Internal Affairs was an important guarantor of the stability and security of the state throughout the existence of the Democratic Republic of Georgia. It overcame unrest and anarchy in different parts of the country and provided conditions for more or less calm flow of life of the State.   In this regard, a special role was played by a special Detachment of the Ministry led by Mecca Kedia. The Detachment managed to prevent several anti-state uprisings and attempts of an armed revolt; Many agents and means of propaganda of hostile countries towards Georgia were spotted and identified. More than 1,000 Bolsheviks suspected of undermining activities against the country were arrested at different times, a certain part of them was deported from Georgia.   The Ministry paid great attention to cultural and educational activities, and Minister Ramishvili often visited different towns and villages for direct contacts with the population. It is the merit of the agency that a telegraph was laid in all parts of Georgia, the postal mail, and telephone service systems were expanded.   The Ministry of Internal Affairs submitted about 80 bills to the Constituent Assembly for approval, many of which became laws and it issued tens of legal acts (decrees, resolutions, ordinances). The agency made great efforts to overcome the "Ispanka" epidemic, as well as to solve the problems of refugees from abroad looking for shelter in Georgia.   Key words: Democratic Republic of Georgia, Ministry of Internaly Affairs, Special detachment, Cryomogenic situation, Security, Stabilization.
22 THE HISTORICAL REALITY AND THE POEM BY DAVIT GURAMISHVIL “ KARTLIS CH'IRI” (“DISASTERS OF KARTLI”) , KETINO GRDZELISHVILI
Abstract The represented work shows the ways and goals of reproducing the historical reality in the poem by Davit Guramishvili . It is noted here that the historical reality given in the poem refers to the issue of the genre’ it is noted that the role and the importance of the subject who conceives the realirty, is different in the different genres; it is noted that in the epic genre of literature, the ideological and artistic position of the main subject, his mood, sympathies and antipathies are comprehended through the comprehension of the object. As for lyrics, the situation is vice versa. The lyric poetry works on subjectivising of the object, giving the picture of the objective reality with all its content and characteristics emotionally, excitingly. The researchers such as K. Kekelidze, G. Qiqodze, relate the epic poem “Kartlis Ch'iri” (transl. - “Disasters of Kartli”) to the genre of the historical epos, though it is noted in the work that this piece of literature do not represent a typical example of historical poem. Besides the historical facts, the mood and thoughts of the author are also described in the lines of the epic poem. Thus the genre to which the poem belongs can be called a lyrical-epic poem. The answer to the question what is historical in the content of the poem, is given in the given paper: first of all, it is clear from the poem when we read about the historical persons: first of all, the history of the King Vakhtang VI, then, there we meet such personages as Konstantine II, Peter I, Shakh Tamaz, Nadir-Shakh, the monk Didoveli, Simon Abramishvili, the poet Javakhishvili, Davit Guramishvili (the author of the given poem). It is also denoted that the historical reality described in the poem serves to the didactic goal of the author to show to the young generation the main reason which had caused the disastrous situation for the country – namely, this reason is negation of God. It also described that the poem “Kartlis Ch’iri” shows us the situation of those times in details. The period described in the poem involves the situation existing in the Georgian provinces Kartl-Kakheti (East Georgia) from the 20-ies of the XVIII century till the departure of the King Vakhtang VI to Russia. The political failure of the king was almost immediately followed by his personal tragedy - he was captured and imprisoned by the Daghestanian people, who are called lekebi – Leks (in Georgian). Then he escaped from prison, was invited at court of the Russian Empire, his Departure towards the Caspian Sea, his death, the hard days of his friends and surrounding people, the period of collapse of their ideology. The author of the poem D. Guramishvili associated the tragedy of the King Vakhtang VI with the Russian politics. Davit Guramishvili describes the historical events with true narrative. The facts he describes in his poem correspond to the historical facts though as for the King of Kakheti, Konstantine II the poet describes him as a reasonable politician which does not coincide with the facts known in Georgian historiography. Through description of the aspiration and striving of the personages of Konstantine II and Vakhtang II, the author of the poem describes the idea of united Georgia. Davit Guramishvili shows the perfidious politics of the king Iesse, his lies and the disastrious situations in the kingdoms of Kartli and Kakheti. It should be also said that D.Guramishvili gives the precise dating of historical facts: the years 1721, 1739, 1742, 1757, 1758, 29 November of 1774 which are exact undoubtedly. It is noted in the poem that Davit Guramishvili did not aim to play the role of a chrongrapher; his aim is to describe the historical events and show the examples to the new generations through discussing those events, describing them poetically.   Key words: histotical reality, epic genre,Vakhtang VI , the epic poem Kartlis Ch’iri, Konstantin II, Russian politics.
23 JULIUS von KLAPROTH'S OBSERVATIONS ON TBILISI , ZEYNEP TOPAL
Abstract In the early part of nineteenth century Julius Von Klaproth (1783- 1835), who made important contributions to development of orientalism in Europe, published more than 300 works. As a German historian and linguist, Klaproth’s Caucasian studies are on geographical, historical and linguistics. He joined the Saint Petersburg Academy of Sciences in 1805 and continued his studies there. His notes about the trip he organized to Caucasia and Georgia in 1807-1808 were published in Germany in 1814. This travel book is the first work related to the historical geography of the Caucasus. The work, which is mentioned in detail from the language groups and tribes in the Caucasus, allowed Europe and the Russians to know and understand the Caucasus more closely. This work, which includes the first comprehensive observations and evaluations that will help us understand the socio-cultural and economic structure of the Caucasus, is different from other travel books in terms of chronically mentioning Russia's relations with the Caucasus and Georgia.   The geographical descriptions of Klaproth about Georgia are very successful. In his travel book, he described Tbilisi with its historical, geographical, socio-cultural and economic structure. The author, who had the opportunity to get to know the Georgians closely during his time in Tbilisi, gives important information about the Georgian culture. In particular, he talked about the general appearance of Tbilisi, and to what extent the wars destroyed the streets and houses. Even today, he talked about the healing waters of Tbilisi, which is famous for its sulfur baths, and described the culture of bath and its understanding of cleanliness. Touching on the trade and religious structure in Tbilisi, he gave information about the socio-cultural structure of Georgia in the example of Tbilisi.       Key Words: Julius Von Klaproth, Tbilisi, history, culture, city.
24 LEGAL OPINIONS IN ADJARA DURING THE OTTOMAN RULELEDALL , OTAR GOGOLISHVILI
Abstract The article notes that prolonged domination of Ottomans and spreading of Islam in Adjara caused introduction of completely new legal system , which was different from traditional Georgian legal norms. They started introduction of their official legal standards for making Adjara as a part of their empire. An official legal system of the Ottoman Empire  was derived from Islam.  Gradually, Ottomans introduced Islamic law “Sharia”.   During the Ottoman domination in Adjara, “sharia” was considered to be the main legal norm.   Naturally, Turkey considered this region as their own territories. So, they carried out the same reforms in this region as in the Ottoman empire. For example, Ottomans carried out Tanzimat in every occupied territories equally, which helped them to strengthen their power on the occupied territories and form Ottoman legislature. For Georgia, the most important decision was legislature about ground, which was activated in 1858.   According to “sharia”, every muslims could have a ground for cultivation, however this property was not constant for them, because Allah was considered to be an owner of ground.    Key words: Ottoman empire, Adjara, spreading of Islam, Georgian legal norms, Tanzimat, legislature, Sharia, muslim
25 ATTEMPTS TO FORM THE GEORGIAN NATIONAL ARMY IN THE EARLY 1990S , ALEKSANDRE MOSIASHVILI
Abstract The present paper presents Georgia In parallel with the processes aimed at restoring independence, Related to the formation of the Georgian National Defense Army A sort of collection of official documents. It discusses with the background of existing historiography in the early 90s of the XX century Internal Troops - Moments of formation and reorganization of the National Guard. In April 1989, tragic events took place in Tbilisi and it is The basis for the consolidation of the Georgian people – Georgia Around the idea of restoring independence. Against the background of the successful steps towards independence, it became necessary not only to maintain the newly formed National Guard, but also his salvation from physical liquidation. In 1991 the danger was avoided by the president of Georgian respublic, that danger was coming from Moscow(Putch) and was used yy certain forces, for destabilization. But the review of the found and presented documentary materials and the final results of the research allowed us to fully clarify the issue and evaluate it objectively.   Keywords: President, National Guard, Order, Putch, Internal Troops, Ministry of Defense, Law.
26 ABOUT THE RELIGIOUS IMPORTANCE OF TAO-KLARJETI , ONUR GUVEN
Abstract In Georgian historiography the North-East parts of Anatolia, in particular Artvin, Erzurum, Ardahan and Kars are referred as part of Tao-Klarjeti. The mentioned region had gained particular importance during the IX-XII centuries. Here, even back to the era of King Vakhtang Gorgasali had started the building of the monastery, that took intensive form during the later period, when the Tao-Klarjeti kingdom. In the written source of the Xth century, "The life of the Gregory of Khandzta", we encounter the information that a priest from Kartli came to Klarjeti and enhanced the monastery-building and trained students. During the IXth century Ashot I The Great who had been expelled by the Arabs had moved to Klarjeti and established a kingdom there. Ashot I the Great and his descendants had helped Gregory of Kandzta in establishing the monasteries in Klarjeti and therefore assisted the establishment of spiritual culture in the region. During the later period, the Bagration dynasty had been divided into three branches: the main branch-Bagrationi's of Tao, the Kingdom of Georgia and the Bagrationi's of Klarjeti. During the later period the Bagrationi's of Tao had become stronger and they had assisted in buidling the new monasteries during the Xth century. By establishment of the monasteries in Tao-Klarjeti, the establishment of schools and educational institutions had also been present, where the Christian religion, philosophy, foreign languages and arts had been taught. Apart from this, these institutions where the places, where the stories about the saints had been written, where the original religious songs and theological texts had been produced. To sum up, we should say that these territories played significant part in the development of the Georgian culture and therefore, it deservedly had been called as "Georgian Sinai".   Keywords: Tao, Klarjeti, Artvin, Erzurum, Church, Monastery.
27 QUEEN MARY OF BYZANTIUM AND GEORGIA , ALEXSANDRE OTARASHVILI, NUNU MIKELADZE
Abstract The paper discusses the life and political activities of Mariam Bagrationi in Byzantium and Georgia through historical sources and literature. His aspirations for supremacy at the Byzantine imperial court were associated with great conflicting struggles.   Mariam Bagrationi was a great political figure and experienced many hardships in her life. She actually ruled the Byzantine Empire and became such a successful figure that although the Byzantines did not spare other nations than the Greeks, the Byzantine historians of that time could not hide their admiration for her mind and beauty. The queen, who was the first person in the superpower of the world, did not forget her country and helped to introduce the necessary reforms, build Georgian churches and monasteries and educate Georgian youth.    Key words: Georgia, Byzantium, Empire, Queen, Constantinople, Turkish-Seljuks, Reforms
28 MOTHER OF GOD PROTECTOR AND INTERCESSOR OF GEORGIA AND GEORGIANS' MENTALITY , NINO GHAMBASHIDZE, LIANA MELIKISHVILI
Abstract Worship of the Virgin Mary holds a special place in Georgian people’s religious beliefs. She is one of the most distinguished, popular and venerated among other saints. Georgian and foreign historical sources, ecclesiastical narratives, ethnographic materials and relevant scholarly literature show how the idea of to be allocated to Virgin Mary was introduced into the national consciousness of Georgian people during centuries and what forms the worship of St. Mary acquired in Georgian people’s faith. Special patronage of the Virgin Mary for the Georgians contributed to St. Mary’s solid and one of the most distinguished places in the Georgian Christian worldview; becoming one of the most important characteristics of their collective consciousness and identity. In today’s Georgia social and political conditions have helped to advance this idea of St. Mary’s patronage. This idea is a part of the Georgians’ ethnicity, which can contribute to the consolidation of the Georgian population regardless of their faith or nationality. Thus, the newly established holiday dedicated to the Virgin Mary’s patronage, introduction of which is conditioned by the country’s socio-political circumstances, is organic for the Georgian nation and can be considered as one of the means for the consolidation of Georgian state.   The article is based on Georgian and foreign historical sources, ecclesiastical narratives, Georgian ethnographic materials and relevant scholarly literature.    Key words: the Virgin Merry, be allocated, ethnicity, identity.
29 FEMALE NAMES NANA AND NINO AND THEIR CONNECTION WITH THE GEORGIANS’ BELIEFS , NINO GHAMBASHIDZE, NANA BAKHSOLIANI
Abstract The popularity of female names Nana and Nino, common among the Georgians, should be closely connected with the Georgians’ religion. Nana, with mythical great mother and Nino, with the real teacher of faith and enlightener of the Georgians, who converted the Kingdom of Kartli. The study of how these names got into Georgian environment led us to some hypothesis. If basing on the existing rich scientific literature we may assume that there existed certain ethnic, linguistic and cultural relations between Sumer and Georgia, which were also reflected in similar beliefs. Thus, the name of the goddess Nana may have been derived from the Sumerian Inanna /Nin-ana and introduced in Georgia. This could particularly be supported by the fact that Inanna was not only the most popular goddess throughout the Sumerian existence in Sumer, but rather, because of its universal popularity, the name was generally used to denote a goddess. If our reasoning is correct, it is not surprising that the greatest pre-Christian Georgian goddess Nana was named after Inanna.            However, the great mother Nana and Inanna / Ishtar are somewhat different in nature. Mother Nana is great mother, the goddess of childbearing; connected with universal fertility, earth, paradise, life-and-death, the goddess of astral cults, who originated during the period of high development of solar religious beliefs. Unlike Nana Inanna / Ishtar is the goddess related with carnal love, war, heaven, Venus the star, and in some cases has androgynous nature. She is believed to have nothing to do with childbearing, and is the mate of Dumuzi – mortal and retrievable male deity. Since Inanna / Ishtar is not the "wife of the deity", she does not reveal any connection with childbearing, with one exception, her corresponding deity in Georgian mythical-religious beliefs is Dali. Like Inanna, Dali is the goddess of carnal love, nature, especially hunting in our case and at the same time the patron of hunters. Actually, she also has one son, Amiran. Lastly, Dali, too, is associated with Venus the star and is depicted as ibex (deer), plant and star in early landscape painting.   Keywords: History of religion, goddesses, Sumer, Georgia.
30 THE LEXICAL UNITS TELL US (according to ethnographic materials of Mareti Valley) , DAVID SHAVIANIDZE
Abstract The best way to study the outcomes of cultural interactions between the Georgian and Turkish states in the Middle Ages is their peaceful, voluntary and equitable cooperation in the present.   The folk bases of toponyms and the lexical units reflecting the cultural, social and religious particularities of Georgians living in Mareti Valley reflect the preserved Georgian mentality that the ethnic-cultural identity of Georgians living  in the Adjara community has not totally changed, faded or disappeared, despite the influence of the Islamic-religious and then the Russian machines. The proper names tell us about functional traits of Georgians, the traditional developed type of farming, a wide or relatively local geographical area, and their so­cial organization. Of course, the ethnographic group of Adjara’s indigenous population has given these names, but in some cases, due to the influence of religion and political machine, their original meanings are so far in our rearview, the storytellers, when talking about naming, are mostly based on the assumptions. The fact is also that the primary-source action-studying toponyms related to people returned to the Christianity in modern times, reflect the point of view taken on the basis of the Islamic religion. The own names of people living here are of ancient Georgian origin.             By toponyms and the various lexical units, in addition to the ethnic-cultural and religious-political influences, it is posible to study the modern linguistic state of contextual importance.    Key words: socio-cultural, religious particularities; domestic culture; historica-ethnographic unit; historical problem; spiritual life; religious customs and traditions.
31 POLITICAL UNIFICATION OF THE EAST PERIPHERYES OF HITTITES – FOR SEARCHING OF ISMIRIKA , NINO CHAREKISHVILI
Abstract The article discusses one of the important geographical points of the political units on the Eastern Periphery of Hittites, this is Ismirika. Especially it’s important to mention here the Ismirika’s Treaty, which the king of Hittites made with the people of Ismirika. The Treaty is published in the series of KUB and ABot, these texts and fragments are preserved in the Boğazköys archive.   The innovation is the fact that Ismirika’s special research was carried out for the first time. History of Hittites is discussed based on the Georgian translation and analyses of Ismirika’s Treaty and presents the controversial issues of this period in a new way. The article analyzes the issue of dating the Treaty, either it is related to the reign of the king - Arnuwanda I or Arnuwanda II. We have tried to bring additional arguments and facts about the possibility that military operations in South-East Anatolia are associated with the name Arnuwanda I and the Treaty with Ismirika is signed by him.   In the article we are talking about the approximate location, toponymy, etymology  and other important issues of Ismirika, according to which it is stated the opinion regarding its relation with historical Speri. This opinion once again states the idea that Ismirika might be one of the states of Kaskians-Mushki, settled by Kartvelian tribes. Of course, by the geographical area and the political situation, there might be the existence of Hurrian elements in the population. Ismirika had very important strategically meaning for Hettites, what can be confirmed from “Treaty of Ismerika”. So, the east periphery of Hittites is very considerable to research the history of Hittites, also for study of this region and consequently it’s very important for researching of the ancient history of Georgia.    Keywords: Assyriology, Ismirika, Hittite, Kaskians, Arnuwanda
32 THE MISSION OF THE BRITISH AND POLES IN THE CAUCASUS (30s-50s OF THE 19th CENTURI) , ANNA MANAGADZE
Abstract The Great Caucasian Wars of the Russian Empire of the 19th Century became an object of interest to European politicians and public figures. At that time, not only the interests of Russia and the Caucasus were clashing, but also the interests of England, Turkey and Persia contradicted to each other. International disagreements over Russian-Caucasian relations have become significant and have contributed to the escalation of the conflict. The aim of the study is to determine the influence of foreign states and foreign policy factors on the domestic and foreign policy course of the Caucasus countries in 1830-1850. Up to date, there is a difference of opinion on the essence of the Caucasus policy of Russia and Europe, the chronology of the Caucasian war has not been defined, and the study of a number of issues has been left out of consideration. It was these circumstances that led to starting this study. The paper discusses and introduces the works of authors unknown to Georgian historiography.   Keywords: Caucasian Wars, Russian Empire, Europe.
33 POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF MUSTAFA CHOKAI DURING THE PERIOD OF EMIGRATION TO FRANCE , AIGUL KISTAUBAYEVA
Abstract Mustafa Chokai was the leader and creator of the first emigration Turkestan center in Paris. His goal was the creation of independent national statehood in Turkestan. Mustafa Chokai fought for the freedom of the Kazakh, Uzbek and other Turkic peoples, made every effort to reveal to the world public the hidden sides of the policy of the Bolsheviks in Soviet Russia in relation to non-Russian peoples. The creation of the Turkestan Legion from prisoners of war during World War II is associated with the name of Mustafa Chokai. It is the works of Mustafa Chokai that give an objective description of these processes, which have seriously damaged the historical consciousness of the people. For this reason, the need to study the political science heritage of Mustafa Chokai is a need of the time. Of greatest interest to historians is the mushroom of political activity of Mustafa Chokai in the ranks of the anti-Bolshevik movement "Prometheus", uniting in Europe the heads of national autonomies defeated by the Red Army from 1917 to 1921. The ideology of the Promethean movement was directed towards the formation of peoples fighting for national self-determination civic culture. The study revealed archival materials relating to the political activities of Mustafa Chokai in France.   Keywords: diaspora, Kazakhs, emigration, Turkestans, Mustafa Chokai, France, Alashordins, Kokand autonomy, intelligentsia.
34 THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AGRICULTURE AND ECONOMY OF THE PEOPLES OF THE NORTHERN CAUCASUS , AYSHE AYCHICHEK
Abstract The Caucasus, from the geopolitical perspective is the linking bridge between Europe and Asia, as a geographical unit, is the witness of many historical events, which had subsequently changed the history. The existence of the trade routes crossing the mountainous landscape and gorges in the Caucasus had become the foundational factor of its economic structure. In this context, the main sources for making livelihood had become agriculture. cattle-breeding and fishing for the peoples of the Northern Caucasus-Adyghe People, Ossetians, Chechen-Ingushs and Nakh(Vainakh) people. This is confirmed with the discovery of the agricultural tools and human skeletons. The study of the discovered artifacts confirms the theory that they had been on a higher level of development in comparison to other peoples residing in the region. Apart from this, the Caucasus, by having the important trade routes had played important role in the development of the international trade in the region.   Keywords: Adyghe people, Ossetians, Checheno-Ingushs, Vainakh People, Agriculture, Cattle-breeding.
35 DYNAMICS OF THE POPULATION OF TANA (ATENI) GORGE (DEMOGRAPHIC, ETHNIC AND SOCIAL CHANGES) , IOSEB ALIMBARASHVILI
Abstract The history of Ateni Gorge, one of the strategic places of Georgia and ShidaKartli and the dynamics of it’s population over the centuries have been studied in the article  according to the  archival documents and narrative sources.   Tana Basin is located in the central part of the northern slope of the Trialeti Range, between the Trialeti, Satskhenisi and Tsereteli ridges. Tana starts at the east of Jamjama Mountain and joins the Mtkvari from the right at the intersection of Gori and Khidistavi.   Traces of the first inhabitants of the Tana Gorge can already be seen from the Middle Bronze-Late Bronze Age. The "Tana Gorge" was already known in the IV-VII centuries and was included in the administration of Spaspeti.   In addition to strategic locations, fertile lands, forests and pastures, the road from the ShidaKartli to KvemoKartli, Armenia and Meskhet-Javakheti through the KldekariSaeristavo passed through the Tana Gorge. There were plenty of tax collections coming through Ateni road and this was the reason why the royal court or other feudal lords were interested in  its economic benefit.   The Tana Gorge  has been owned by the Georgian Royal Court and  the Church for centuries, but at different times the the Baghvashes, the Tsitsishvils, the Orbelians, the Eristavs and others had large estates here.    In the 10th century, the "country of Ateni" was owned by the most powerful feudal house of the Bagvashes but the first king of the united Georgia, Bagrat III, confiscated the fortress of Ateni from the Bagvashes and took possession of it.   The Bagvashes did not give up the strategic Gorge without a fight, but were eventually defeated by the Royal Court.   A number of inscriptions of the AteniSioni indicate the large-scale construction of the city at the initiative of Bagrat IV in the X-XI centuries in the "country" of Ateni. In these inscriptions"borders," " making riverbed" and other actions are mentioned.   Ateni became even more important during the reign of David the Builder. The Royal wealth waskept here.   The Ateni and Tana Gorge have since been the subject of constant attention and care from the Bagrations.   At the end of the XVIII century, thanks to the constant invasions of the Leks, the population in the AteniGorge was catastrophically reduced and it was repopulated only in the 1920s.    Keywords: Tana Gorge, Georgian Royal Court, Church, Baghvashes, the Tsitsishvils, the Orbelians, the Eristavs, The struggle for power, Population dynamics.
36 MUSOPRIANI-GETA GHAMBERED CHURCH , TAMAR MATIASHVILI
Abstract Musopriani-Geta chambered church is in KvemoKartli region, Bolnisi municipality. It is located in the commune of Akaurta - middle part of River Mashavera, left bank, 720 meters above sea level, Geta gorge, near the village Geta (formerly Musopriani).   The Church was restored in 2017 and the project was headed by Architect Ketevan Chikhadze. Chambered church was constructed using blocks, roughly processed pieces of stone and bricks. The walls are filled with lime. The church was constructed in XV-XVI century.    Within the restoration works, the surroundings of the church was cleared from excess ground. Exploratory trenches on the socle level were made within the 4 meter radius. Burial sites were discovered around the church, as well as, inside the church. The burials were not disturbed and were simply cleaned.   During the ground works flat and grooved pieces of tile were discovered. During the middle ages this material was used on buildings of high importance. Roofs of these buildings were covered using the same kind of materials. The tiles of the antic period remained through middle ages and only experienced minor changes – they became a little smaller and its wider end got a slight curve to prevent water going through. Tiles of late middle ages is very similar but even smaller and thinner, the production quality is also a little lower. The letter kind of tile is used for the roof of Musopriani-Geta chambered church, which is appropriately dated XV-XVI centuries.   During the cleaning procedures of the churches exterior and interior the following materials were discovered:   Oval handle of engobaged, reddish kilned jug with attached bulge. Found in the interior. Side piece, herring-bone decoration of an engobaged jug. Found in the interior Bottom of an engobaged jug. Diameter 5cm. Found in the interior. Fragment of the upper bed of reddish kilned Qvevri. Found outside the church, near the northern wall, inside a ditch. Clay pottery materials found by us is consistent with the late middle ages period of  XV-XVI, which is the same time period in which the Church was constructed.    Keywords:  Kvemo Kartli,  Musopriani-Geta, One nave church, late middle ages.