The University Of Georgia
Program name: Archaeology
Study Level: Graduate
Program leader: David Berikashvili
Study language: Georgian
Qualification: Master in Archaeology
Program capacity: 120
Program permission: Enrollment of students at the second level of academic higher education (master's programs) is carried out on the basis of the results of the unified master's exams or in accordance with the order of the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia No. 224/N (December 29, 2011), successful passing of exams in the English language B/2 (written) and specialty (oral) as well as administrative registration and the order of the presidents.
Program goals:

The program aims at training a proficient individual, equipped with the requisite competencies and practical aptitudes indispensable for organizing and executing archaeological expeditions. The achievement of the set goal is served by the formation of research and practical skills appropriate for the level of master's education, which is ensured by the synthesis of the modern, time-oriented theoretical and practical courses of the program.

Competencies developed within the program give the graduate the opportunity to be employed in scientific-research institutes, archaeological expeditions, the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Protection, museums or other public and/or private structures and non-governmental organizations working on cultural heritage issues. The master’s Program in Archeology provides training in accordance with modern standards of archaeological research and preparation of a competitive professional with a broad and thorough knowledge of the field.

The program's flexibility, encompassing specialized modules such as Stone and Bronze Age, Ancient Era, Chalcolithic, and Neolithic, augments the master's students' expertise in their chosen domains. The academic resources and training components entwined within the curriculum further paves the way for postgraduate scholars to embark on advanced studies at the doctoral level, either within their chosen discipline or in adjacent fields like cultural heritage management, paleontology, or anthropology.

Methods for Attaining Learning Outcomes:
Learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding
  • The graduate knows deeply and thoroughly:

    • The methods of description/registration, sketching, photography as well as scientific research, camera processing/documentation, serialization, combination statistics and correspondence of archaeological material:
    • Basic biology (bone structure and growth process, animal skeletons) and features of taphonomy or human-induced transformation processes;
    • Relevant methods for palynological research: taking analytical samples, palynological research of organic remains and the contents of archaeological vessels, construction of palynological diagrams, paleoecological reconstruction;
    • The history of the origin of diseases and the factors contributing to their development, specific terms characteristic of the field and the pathological processes that affect the bone.
    • Processes and dynamics of reflecting changes in material culture after the spread of Christianity in Georgia;
    • The sequence of the research of the archaeological monuments of the Christian era of Georgia and the principles of fixing the archaeological samples; strategies and standards for academic writing and research.

    In accordance with the selected specialization module, the graduate knows in depth:

    • The most important monuments of prehistoric and pre-Bronze Age Asian archaeological cultures;
    • The area of spread of Colchis culture, chronology-periodization, leading components and their features;
    • The leading archeological monuments of the Kartli Kingdom (secular and temple architecture, defensive buildings, baths) and geographical boundaries;
    • The characteristics and important monuments of Chalcolithic culture and Neolithic archeology.
    • The characteristics of the main categories of archeology sources: "separate archaeological finds", "burial monuments", "cult monuments", "citizens/settlers", "treasures";
    • The project management standards and principles, including archaeological projects;
    • The theory of production of geophysical intelligence and principles of practical application (geophysical and geoarchaeological methods);
    • The principles and methods of reading and interpreting palynological diagrams.

  • Skills
  • The graduate:

    • Conducts the archaeological survey using archaeological field methods;
    • prepares and manages an archaeological project and/or plans and implements an archaeological expedition, carries out camera processing and documentation of the archaeological material obtained, taking into account modern methods and standards;
    • constructs, reads and interprets palynological diagrams;
    • is able to formulate and present the results obtained by using modern geophysical techniques, including critical analysis of complex and incomplete information and innovative synthesis, to the academic and/or general public;
    • integrates acquired knowledge and experience with changing news (new archaeological discoveries, publications) and professional self-development.

  • Responsibility and autonomy
  • The graduate:

    • Conducts archaeological research taking into account the professional values and ethical standards of the archaeologist and interprets the obtained results and transforms them into the format of a research paper (master's thesis, publication).
  • Date of approval: 12-14-2016
    Approval protocol number: 43/16
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    Program details:
    Teaching Process Characteristics:

    In order to obtain the academic degree of Master in Archeology, the student needs to accumulate 120 ECTS, which comprises the main subjects of the program - 66 ECTS (including the obligatory archaeological practice), the completion of the Master's thesis (30 ECTS), and the optional modules of the specialization (Stone and Bronze Age; or Antiquity; Chalcolithic and Neolithic), in which the student is obliged to take 12 ECTS (subjects defining the specialization) and the elective subjects (12 ECTS).

    Program Core

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    ARCH5252Paleopathology6 3
    MGMT0613Project Management6 2
    ANTH 5112biological anthropology6 1
    ARCH 5120geophisical metods in archaeology6 1
    ARCH 5130zooarchaelogy6 1
    ARCH 5131palinology6 1
    KART5110Academic Writing and Research6 1
    ARCH 5210interpretation of archaelogical collections in museum6 2
    ARCH 5220Camera Processing, Research and Documentation of Archaeological Material6 2
    ARCH 6110managament of the archaeological projects6 3
    ARCH6151archaelogical practice6 3
    ARCH6150master thesis in archaeology30 4

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    Program Elective

    Code Subject ECTS
    ARTM5110Creative Marketing6
    ANTH 5211sociocultural anthropology6
    ARCH 5132archaeology of landscape6
    ARCH5250Field practical research methods in archaeology6
    ARCH6161Archaeology of the middle Ages6
    ENGL5140English Language B2+6
    HIST6151“Kartvelta Tskhovreba” (The Georgian Chronicles): Historical Analysis6
    INFO 5222geoinformatical technology in archaeology6
    ARCH 5121Aspects of the Interaction between Cultural Tourism and Cultural Heritage6
    ARCH 6160christian archaeology6
    HIST5111Medieval Georgian Historiography6
    HIST5120Geography of Georgia and Caucasus and Historical Geography6
    HIST5231Ancient and Medieval Foreign Language Sources on History of Georgia6

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    Stone and Bronze Age - Specialization Core

    ARCH 5230prehistoricall archaeology62
    ARCH 6120Near Eastern Bronze Age Archaeology63

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    Ancient Era - Specialization Core

    ARCH 524062
    ARCH 613063

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    Chalcolithic and Neolithic - Specialization Core

    ARCH 5250archaeological of chalcolithic cultures62
    ARCH 6140neolithical archaeology63

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    Point GPA The university assessment   The general assessment in Georgia
    97-100 4,00 A+ A Excellent
    94-96 3,75 A
    91-93 3,50 A-
    87-90 3,25 B+   Very good
    84-86 3,00 B B
    81-83 2,75 B-  
    77-80 2,50 C+   C good
    74-76 2,25 C
    71-73 2,00 C-
    67-70 1,75 D+   D Satisfactory
    64-66 1,50 D
    61-63 1,25 D-
    51-60 1,00 E E Sufficient
    Not passed
    41-50   FX FX Insufficient
    <40   F F Failed

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