Leaders, Lecturers & Tour Managers

Davit Naskidashvili

Davit Naskidashvili is a Lecturer at Ivane Javakhshvili Tbilisi State University (TSU). His PhD research focuses on the Greek colonisation of the Black Sea coast in the Antique Period and has been funded by a Shota Rustaveli national scholarship. He has excavated on a variety of international field projects; including working with Oxford University at the Medieval city of Barda in Azerbaijan and with the ‘Persia and its Neighbours’ project in collaboration with the Universities of Edinburgh and Durham where he has been involved in fieldwork in Iran, Oman and Dariali in northern Georgia. He has also worked as co-director for the Excavation on Petra castle (West Georgia).

Most recently he joined Ghent University’s Nilgiri Archaeological Project, a 5-year research project (2021-2026) which aims to move beyond the conventional view that sees South Indian upland forest-dwellers as secondary actors on the stage of global history, and change our understanding of the role they played in the making of world civilisation.

His published works include:

  • Katie Campbell and Davit Naskidashvili, 2022. Urbanism under Turco-Mongol Rule: Excavations at Otrar, Kazakhstan, TSU-Ti The International Scientific Journal for Humanities.
  • Naskidashvili, D. Phasis From Arabs to the Russian Empire (Review of the Written Sources), TSU-Ti The International Scientific Journal for Humanities.
  • Naskidashvili, D. 2019. The Late Antique Church at Napurvala Hill (Pichvnari, Western Georgia) and Its Associated Cemetery. A Reappraisal Based on Surviving Evidence at the Batumi Archaeological Museum
  • Naskidashvili, D. 2018. Phasis and its Landscape: Preliminary Report of the Archaeological Survey of the Lower Stream of the Rioni River Delta. Landscape Archaeology in Southern Caucasia. Finding Common Ground in Diverse Environments: Proceedings of the Workshop held at 10th ICAANE in Vienna, April 2016, 2018
  • Intagliata, E.E., Naskidashvili, D. 2017. Forgotten borderlands: Guria and Adjara survey project. Heritage Turkey 7
  • Sauer E.W, Chologauri L, Naskidashvili D, 2016: The Caspian Gates – Exploring the most famous mountain valley of the ancient world. Current World Archaeology #80
Past Tours
  • Crossroads of the Caucasus: Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia (2017-2019)