Gadachrili Gora Regional Archaeological Project Expedition (GRAPE)
Stephen Batiuk, University of Toronto
Mindia Jalabadze, Georgian National Museum
Khaled Abujayyab, University of Toronto
The Gadachrili Gora Regional Archaeological Project Expedition (GRAPE) is a joint venture between the University of Toronto, the Georgian National Museum (GNM) and the National Wine Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture (of the Republic of Georgia) to investigate the emergence and evolution of Neolithic Cultures in southern Caucasia and the development of horticultural practices and resultant secondary products, with a focus on viticulture and viniculture.
GRAPE’s aim is to investigate the development of agricultural and horticultural practices across a series of rural settlements in the Middle Kura region of the Kvemo Kartli province south of the modern city of Marneuli, with a larger aim of examining the Neolithic landscape of the Middle Kura region and its diachronic changes through time.