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Ancient weapons and coins found in Georgia –Tsikhisdziri

By Mariam Chanishvili
Monday, August 7
Sixth century weapons and coins were discovered in Tsikhisdziri, Georgia. The archeological work has been going on for 2 years now.

The discovery has provided the historians with insight of 6th century war between the Byzantine and Sasanian empires.

This year other unique materials have been discovered in the fortress as a result of archeological works.

Located 25km north of Batumi, the fortress city dates back to the 6th century and is located in today's Tsikhisdziri village, Petra was a fortified town on the eastern Black Sea coast.

The Chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Zurab Pataradze, has visited excavations and archeological sites in Petra Fortress. The member of the Parliament Fati Khalvashi also visited the excavation.

Discovered items include ancient weapons, household items, work instruments and human remains. The combat items include iron axes, short swords, spearheads and arrowheads, a helmet as well as fragments of chainmail armor, shields, 95 silver coins and fragments of burnt human bones, indicating a destructive battle.

The Adjara Cultural Heritage Protection Agency presented a plan of the future development of Petra Fortress, where the construction of the visitor center is planned.

The project worth of 2 million will be implemented gradually. This year 400 thousand GEL are assigned for the constructions.