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Trialeti culture

A bejeweled gold cup from Trialeti. Tbilisi.

The Trialeti culture (

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External links

  1. ^ Munchaev 1994, p. 16; cf., Kushnareva and Chubinishvili 1963, pp. 16 ff.
  2. ^ The Making of Bronze Age Eurasia - Page 266 by Philip L. Kohl
  3. ^ a b The Alekseev Manuscript - Chapter VII - Part II: Bronze Age in Eurasia
  4. ^ Joan Aruz, Sarah B. Graff, Yelena Rakic, Cultures in Contact: From Mesopotamia to the Mediterranean in the Second Millennium B.C. The Metropolitan Museum of art symposia. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013 ISBN 1588394751 p12
  5. ^ Joan Aruz, Sarah B. Graff, Yelena Rakic, Cultures in Contact: From Mesopotamia to the Mediterranean in the Second Millennium B.C. The Metropolitan Museum of art symposia. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013 ISBN 1588394751 p12
  6. ^ a b Trialeti culture
  7. ^ Edens, Christoper (Aug–Nov 1995). "Transcaucasia at the End of the Early Bronze Age". Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research (The American Schools of Oriental Research). 299/300 (The Archaeology of Empire in Ancient Anatolia): p. 60, pp. 53–64. 
  8. ^ The Peoples of the Hills: Ancient Ararat and Caucasus. Charles Burney and David Marshall Lang p 90- 96.
  9. ^ a b Burial in the Trialeti culture
  10. ^ Edens, page 56
  11. ^ Edens page 58
  12. ^ Edens page 59
  13. ^ Edens, see generally


See also

The Trialeti culture was known for its particular form of burial.[9] The elite were interred in large, very rich burials under earth and stone mounds, which sometimes contained four-wheeled carts.[9] Also there were many gold objects found in the graves.[6] These gold objects were similar to those found in Iran and Iraq.[3] They also worked tin and arsenic.[10] This form of burial in a tumulus or "kurgan", along with wheeled vehicles, is the same as that of the Kurgan culture which has been associated with the speakers of Proto-Indo-European. In fact, the black burnished pottery of especially early Trialeti kurgans is similar to Kura-Araxes pottery.[11] In a historical context, their impressive accumulation of wealth in burial kurgans, like that of other associated and nearby cultures with similar burial practices, is particularly noteworthy.[12] This practice was probably a result of influence from the older civilizations to the south in the Fertile Crescent.[13]

Burial practises

The site at Trialeti was originally excavated in 1936–1940 in advance of a hydroelectric scheme, when forty-six barrows were uncovered. A further six barrows were uncovered in 1959–1962.[8]

The Trialeti culture shows close ties with the highly developed cultures of the ancient world, particularly with the Aegean,[6] but also with cultures to the south,[7] such as probably the Sumerians and their Akkadian conquerors.

The flourishing stage of Trialeti culture began near the end of the third millennium BC.[4] At that time, there was already strong social differentiation indicated by rich mound burials. There are parallels to the Early Kurgan culture. Cremation burial was practised. Painted pottery was introduced. Tin bronzes became predominant. Geographical interconnectedness and links with other areas of the Near East are seen in many aspects of the culture. For example, a cauldron found in Trialeti is nearly identical to the one from Shaft Grave 4 of Mycenae in Greece.[5]

The earliest Shulaveri-Shomu culture existed in the area from 6000 to 4000 BC.[3] Then came the Kura-Araxes culture.



  • Background 1
    • Burial practises 1.1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

[2].Kura-Araxes culture Trialeti culture emerged in the areas of the preceding [1]

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