Re: [tied] obscure languages - Kaskian, Hattic,

From: jpisc98357@...
Message: 14091
Date: 2002-07-20

In a message dated 7/20/02 7:08:45 AM Central Daylight Time, geoffpowers@... writes:
The only evidence that we have in the Eastern Black Sea region for a 'kingdom' in ancient times is Colchis, rather later in time than the period we are considering.  Here we have to rely in part on Greek myths (the Jason and the Argonauts legend).  In the late 1980's and early 1990's some very interesting archaeological work was carried out in western Georgia by David Braund of the  University of Exeter ['Georgia in Antiquity', publ. Clarendon Press, Oxford (1993)]. Ch. 1 of this work gives a quite useful overview of the whole historico-geographical area, though the work deals principally with the period 550 BC - CE 562.  I have no information on comparable archaeological work in NE Turkey.

Dear Geoff,

     You might consider the book Waffen der Bronzezeit aus Ost-Georgien by Konstantin Picchelauri. You will find that the area of Colchis was a rich metalworking culture with close contacts with the area of Iranian Marlik, Amlash, Talish, Azerbaijan and early Urartu.

    I purchased my copy from

Best Regards,  John Piscopo
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Western Springs, IL 60558