Genetic History of Georgia

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Physical Map of Georgia

The physical map of Georgia showing major geographical features like elevations, mountain ranges, seas, lakes, plateaus, peninsulas, rivers, plains, landforms and other topographic features. Source:

Administrative Map of Georgia

An administrative map of the country of Georgia ( Georgia-Administrative-Map). The key in the upper right corner provides details about the provinces within the country.

Linguistic Map of Georgia



Over the past dozen years, we have conducted research in five regions of western Georgia, namely, Svaneti and Mingrelia (Samegrelo), Guria, Adjara and Samtskhe-Javakheti. In the associated pages, we describe the anthropological genetics work completed in each region and explore the implications of our findings for the history of Georgia and the Caucasus more broadly.


Village of Ushguli in Svaneti. Photo credit: T.G. Schurr

Mingrelia (Samegrelo)

Laliashvili Sisters in front of the Dadiani Palace in Zugdidi, Samegrelo. Photo credit: T.G. Schurr

Guria and Adjara

A view of the Acharistskali River from the village of Gubeti. Photo credit: T.G. Schurr


Khertvisi Fortress. Photo credit: T.G. Schurr

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