Dr Irina Gambaschidze

Research Interests


Curriculum Vitae

  • 2012 
Head of the scientific laboratory at the National Museum of Georgia.
  • 2012
 Permanent coordinator and scientific director of the historical museum of Samzche-Dshawacheti in Achalziche.
  • 2007/10 
Head of the Georgian-German archaeological expedition (Sakdrissi and Dzedzwebi).
  • 2007
 Head scientist of the O. Lordkipanidze archaeological centre of the Georgian national museum.
  • 2006
 Elected as a corresponding member of the Deutsches  Achchäologisches Institute (German Archaeological Institute).
  • 2004/05
 Head of the archaeological expedition of Sakdrissi (Bolnissi).
  • 2004
 Organiser of the workshops at the Centre of Archaeological Research and the Tbilisser State University on the subject of Mining Archaeology and Archaeometallurgy in Georgia. 
  • 2003/11
 Scholarship holder of the VW foundation in Bochum  (Germany)
  • 2003/06
 Partner of the VW –Project „Auf- und Ausbau interdisziplinärer Konzepte in Forschung und Lehre im Bereich der Montanarchäologie und Archäometallurgie in Georgien.“ (“Development and Expansion of interdisciplinary concepts in research and teaching in the field of Mining Archaeology and Archaeometallurgy in Georgia”)
  • 2003/06
 Lectureship at the Ruhr Universität Bochum (Postdoc position)
  • 2003
 Head scientist at the archaeological research centre of the Academy of Sciences in Georgia.
  • 1990-1995
 Groß-Gerau: excavation, find inventory, exhibition on the Roman settlement
  • 2001/06
 Head of the Bordschomi expedition on the BTC-Pipeline
  • 2000/02
 Organiser and coordinator of the joined archaeological exhibition at the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum (German Mining Museum) and the Landesmuseum Wiesbaden: “Georgien –Schätze aus dem Land des Goldenen Vlies“. (“Georgia – treasures from the land of the Golden Fleece”)
  • 1999
 Lecturer at the Ivane Dschavachischwili State University Tbilissi – Achalziche-branch
  • 1999 
Doctorate at the Centre of Archaeological Research. Thesis: „Samzche-Dschawacheti  in der Mitte des 2. Jt.v.Chr“ (Samzche-Dschawacheti during the middle of the 2nd millennium BC)
  • 1997/98 
Scholarship holder of the  DAAD in Bochum (Germany).
  • Since 1995 
Head of the archaeological excavation in Meskhetien (South Georgia)
  • 1995
 Lecturer at the Ivane Dschavachischwili State University Tbilissi - Achalziche–branch
  • 1994
 Scholarship holder of the DAI (German Archaeological Institute)
  •  Since 1983
 Research assistant at the Centre of Archaeological Research of the Academy of Sciences, Georgia
  • 1977/83
 Ivane Dschawachischwili State University Tbilissi. Fakulty of Historic Sciences, subject of Prehistoric Archaeology
  • 1976/83 
Laboratory assistant at the Centre of Archaeological Research of the Academy of Sciences, Georgia
  • 1966/76
 Comprehensive school N1 at Tbilissi, Georgia
born on 17th August 1959 in Georgia

Research Projects

  • 2003/06
 Development and Expansion of interdisciplinary concepts in research and teaching in the field of Mining Archaeology and Archaeometallurgy in Georgia sponsored by the Volkswagenstiftung – cooperation partner
  • 2008/09 
„Ancient metallurgy and social processes in the Southern Caucasus during the 4th and 3rd millennium BC”, sponsored by the national scientific foundation of Georgia (Rustaveli-Stiftung) – director“
  • 2007/11 
„Gold in Georgia“, sponsored by the Volkswagen-Stiftung – cooperation partner

National Museum Georgia
Othar Lordkipanidze Institute of Archaeology
Dm.Uznadze Rd.14.
0102 Tbilissi / Georgia

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