David Lordkipanidze

Dr. David Lordkipanidze, director of the Georgian National Museum and the Dmanisi Project, holds one of the hominin skulls from Dmanisi.

 

Dmanisi

The site of Dmanisi, in the Republic of Georgia (between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea) has the earliest evidence for hominins out of Africa, dating to 1.8 million years ago. Five skulls of early Homo erectus, sometimes called Homo georgicus, were found with simple Oldowan stone tools.

I.

Dmanisi, in the Caucasus
First out of Africa
Early humans, Homo georgicus,
One point eight million years ago
Elephant, sabertooth, panther and bear
space Antelope, bison herds, steppe horse and deer

II.

Dmanisi, in the Caucasus
First in Eurasia
Early stone tools, from the Oldowan
Diverse raw materials
Rhinoceros, Etruscan wolf, short-necked giraffe
Mammoth herds, wild goat, hyaena packs
Dmanisi…

(BRIDGE)

How’d you get so far?
What brought you here?
So many faces shown to us, places known to us, that you’ve seen
Dmanisi….

III.

Dmanisi, in the Caucasus
First out of Africa
Giant ostrich, giant cheetah
Steppe-forest habitat
Lava flow, volcanic ash, tunnels and pipes
Tooth-marked bones, cut-marked bones, primeval life
Dmanisi…

 

Skull 5

Skull 5 from Dmanisi,
the most complete early Homo skull

"Dmanisi"

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