Georgia (Offered in 2022)

The University of Toronto will offer one course in Georgia, worth one full-year credit. Field trips are an integral part of the course and are mandatory. The course has limited space and is contingent on adequate enrolment.

NMC261Y0: Special Topics: Field Archaeology in The Republic of Georgia

This course is designed as a general practicum in archaeological field methods. As a field course, emphasis will be placed on active participation in the ongoing research of the Gadachrili Gora Regional Archaeological Project Expedition (GRAPE) in the Republic of Georgia. Students will receive extensive training in archaeological excavation and survey methods, recording procedures, the preliminary processing of artifacts and ethnographic experimentation recreating some of the ancient artifacts. There will be several weekend field trips exploring the archaeology and culture of the region, which will supplement the primary focus on fieldwork experience. All students are eligible to participate. No prior field experience is necessary. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.


Prerequisites: None
Breadth Requirement = 1
NMC261Y – 2020 Syllabus


While most equipment will be provided, each student must bring their own trowel (preferably 5” blade), a personal measuring tape (metric), a three-ring binder, a black physics notebook, and pens/pencils, etc. While not a required item, a personal laptop for database and image work is convenient. Accepted students will receive a more comprehensive equipment list prior to departing Canada.


Dr. Stephen Batiuk received his PhD in Near Eastern Archaeology in 2005. With over 20 years of fieldwork experience he has participated in over 12 different archaeological projects from CRM (Cultural Resource Management) work in Canada to projects in Ethiopia, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Romania, France and most recently, the Republic of Georgia. His more recent publications and research are focused on understanding not only the origins of wine production in the Caucasus region (specifically Georgia) but perhaps more importantly, the spread of this early Georgian wine culture across the entire Near East and eventually the rest of the world. Dr. Batiuk brings a whole suite of skills in landscape and materials analysis, particularly ancient ceramics. He is currently employed by the University of Toronto as a Research Associate in the Archaeology Centre.

Dr. Khaled Abu Jayyab received his PhD in Near Eastern Archaeology in 2019 at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the role of human mobility and interaction in shaping communities in the late prehistory. His interests include landscape archaeology, the archaeology of mobility, communities of practice, and ceramic analysis. Khaled has conducted archaeological research across the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, and Jordan) in addition to Canada and France. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto and co-directing archaeological survey and excavations focused around the site of Gadachrili and Shulaveris Gora.