Wine, Worship and Sacrifice: The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani

Treasures from Georgia: Introduction

According to legend, Jason and his shipmates, the Argonauts, set sail on a perilous journey from Greece to Colchis (modern-day Georgia), then located beyond the known world. Less well known today, however, is the archaeology and artifacts of Colchis, with its intermingling of Greek and Persian motifs with local styles and traditions. Metalworking, whether in gold, silver, iron or bronze, was a traditional focus of Colchian art and craftsmanship. The earliest evidence of wine and winemaking comes from the area—another mainstay of Georgian life throughout several millennia.