Excavations resume at central Tbilisi temple, ancient artefacts found

Archaeologists have resumed digging at the courtyard of The Holy Forty Sebastian Martyrs Temple in central Tbilisi. Photo by Tbilisi City Hall Facebook page.
Agenda.ge, 17 Aug 2015 - 15:08, Tbilisi,Georgia

Archaeologists are continuing their search for ancient artefacts at a central Tbilisi temple after uncovering ancient relics dating back to 200-300 BC.

The scientific research is being carried out in the courtyard of The Holy Forty Sebastian Martyrs Temple, located in the Abanotubani district in old town Tbilisi. This area is known as the sulphur bath district; numerous springs flow down the valley and the naturally hot water is used in several bath houses that still operate today.

During the dig unique artefacts and an ancient bath dating back to 200-300 BC were discovered near the Monastery. Archaeologists noted an interesting feature of the bath was that it was connected to the nearby sulphur springs, which filled the bath with naturally warm water.

Officials said archaeological digs first began in the area in 1998 but were halted several times due to lack of funds. However several days ago, with the support of Tbilisi City Hall, the research resumed.

City Hall officials said as well as experts, up to 20 students were involved in the research works.

The significant part of the dig is scheduled to be finished before capital enjoys – Tbilisoba – an annual celebration held at the end of October that marks the diversity and history of Georgia's capital city Tbilisi.

A special ceremony was held yesterday to mark the renewed restoration of archaeological works at the Temple. The occasion was attended by Tbilisi Mayor David Narmania and other officials.