Splendors of Georgia & Armenia
May 15-30, 2015
Led by Dr. Tasha Vorderstrasse, Research Associate, AM'98, PhD'04
Join us on a unique tour of the archaeology, landscape, and culture of Georgia and Armenia on this joint departure with the Oriental Institute and the University of Chicago Alumni and Friends. The South Caucasus is a complex land of contrasts–filled with many languages, peoples, and cultures–and this tour will examine its full history, allowing you to fully experience the region. In Georgia, you will view medieval Byzantine wall paintings and Napoleonic memorabilia in Zugdidi and visit Stalin's birthplace in Gori. In Armenia, visit archaeological sites, prehistoric standing stones, the magnificent Roman temple of Garni, medieval monasteries, and a recently discovered Jewish cemetery. Explore the rich heritage of both these countries through their world-famous music and dance.