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Memorandum of Cooperation between GNM and TBC

By Mariam Chanishvili
Tuesday, May 28
After the successful implementation of the joint project, the Georgian National Museum (GNM) and TBC start long-term cooperation to promote the ancient Colchian culture.

On May 24, General Director of the Georgian National Museum David Lordkipanidze and Deputy Director General of TBC Bank - Nikoloz Kurdiani signed a Memorandum of Cooperation at Simon Janashia National Museum of Georgia.

Alongside the protection of cultural heritage, one of the priorities of the GNM has been the study of technological innovation history, with the possibility of experimenting with many unique artifacts in museum collections. Artifacts, found on the Colchis area as a result of archaeological excavations carried out at various times, are unique and take a special place in the world cultural heritage.

With the support of TBC, the artifacts will be researched and reconstructed with unique methods of gold and metal processing discovered in Kolkheti.

As noted during the meeting, the role of the National Museum in the process of education and tourism development in the country is essential; TBC shares the vision of the National Museum, and one of its priorities is to promote museum activities and popularize national treasure.

By 2020 the Vani museum is planned to be renovated, which is currently undergoing rehabilitation works.

Colchian culture is a late Bronze Age and Iron Age culture of the western Caucasus, mostly in west Georgia. It is named after the ancient geographic region of Colchis, which covered a large area along the Black Sea coast.

Kolkheti is also featured in the myth of Argonauts when they reached the land of Colchis and achieved the first part of their quest. In 1947, excavations revealed that between 600 and 400 BC (the time the Jason legend took its final shape) Vani was indeed an important Colchian city.

Described as a land with an abundance of gold, iron, timber, and honey, the Black Sea region was home to the well-developed Bronze Age culture.