Shorena Davitashvili

 iLIA  State University- Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

2008-2015 Goethe-University Frankfurt (Magistra Artium)

  1. Major subject: Archeology und cultural history

Of the near east 

  1. Major subject: Art History

2008 Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz 

Art History und byzantine Archeology


2006-2008 Goethe-University Frankfurt

Language studies (German)  


1999-2004 State University for Culture and Art Tbilisi 

History of art (Diploma)


“Nazarlebi Hilltop and Sanctuary in the Context of the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages of Eastern Georgia”


The Doctoral Project: “Nazarlebi Hilltop and Sanctuary in the Context of the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages of Eastern Georgia” is dedicated to the site of Nazarlebi and its presentation in the context of the Late bronze / Early iron age settlements in eastern Georgia. It is located on the southern edge of the Shiraki plain. It is a natural hill that has been deliberately terraced and converted into a fortress-like complex. The prominent sacral building on the upper terrace is particularly important. Based on the finds, the rampart can be provisionally dated the 12th-10th Century BC. Three rich hoards give the site a special meaning. A comparable site in Georgia is the Shilda Sanctuary. The doctoral project tries to clarify the function of the Nazarlebi site as well as to determine the timeframe and to consider the importance of the rampart in the context of the Late Bronze / Early Iron age settlements. The next step is to clarify which cultural connections can be observed in the region based on architectural style, ceramics and small objects.

An important goal of the dissertation project is the descriptive presentation and cataloging of the small finds and pottery, the analysis of the architectural structures and stratigraphy of Nazarlebi. Research into the cultural context in a regional and supra-regional context is an important goal of the work. An attempt is being made to contribute to the reconstruction of the East Georgian prehistory by systematically researching the Nazarlebi site.

12/2014 – 03/2015 Graduation scholarship

Since 2017 the Nazarlebi hill has been archaeologically researched as part of a cooperation between Ilia State University Tbilisi and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. The importance of the site was already evident in the second excavation campaign. I am pleased that I had the opportunity to be involved in the project from the beginning and to familiarize myself with the finds, for which I would like to thank the two excavation directors: Prof. Paata Bukhrashvili and Prof. Felix Blocher. The Cotutelle procedure enables the two site directors to supervise the doctoral procedure and the future cooperation between the two universities.