Modelling the Skeleton of Future Bioarchaeological Research in Georgia

Author(s): Isabelle Coupal

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "The South Caucasus Region: Crossroads of Societies & Polities. An Assessment of Research Perspectives in Post-Soviet Times" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

In recent years, the Republic of Georgia has fostered a growing interest for archaeological research in the Southern Caucasus region. This trend has been stimulated both by a strong local contingent of archaeologists, of two generations and of two different systems, and the increasing participation of foreign scientists. This active academic scenario is witness to a welcoming atmosphere to researchers since the fall of the Soviet Union. While collaborative international research is successful in Georgia, allowing for an unprecedented level of cutting-edge archaeological research, its current role as a meeting place for Western- and Soviet-educated scholars in the various disciplines for skeletal analysis, hinders research. In this presentation, I will outline the main research themes and methodologies specific to each intellectual tradition which has tackled skeletal and mortuary analysis in an attempt to understand how this divide was created. I will then present an assessment of the current state in the fields of bioarchaeology and physical anthropology, with examples from recent excavations. I wish to offer avenues for more thorough collaborations using decolonizing methodologies.

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Modelling the Skeleton of Future Bioarchaeological Research in Georgia. Isabelle Coupal. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451736)

Spatial Coverage

min long: 46.143; min lat: 28.768 ; max long: 87.627; max lat: 54.877 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 25442