KARTULI IDEA - THE GEORGIAN IDEA [Anonymoused]
"The Georgians are very warlike and strong people and have numerous knights andwarriors... In spite of existing in a totally hostile environment of infidels, they remainfearless. On the contrary - others are afraid of them and do not easily risk to offend them inany way. They are called Georgians, according to the name of the Holy Knight, St. George,whose name they esteem and respect immensely, particularly prior to the battles they aregoing to join..." (Bernhard von Breidenbach, XV century German author) .The Georgians are one of the most ancient peoples of the world. In a discovery withprofound implications for the study of early human history, paleoanthropologists andarchaeologists digging in Dmanisi district (Kvemo Kartli region of Eastern Georgia) havefound 1.7 - 1.8 million-years old fossil human skulls (Homo Georgicus) that show clear singsof African ancestry and so may represent the species that first migrated out of Africa. Beingclose to the boundary between Europe and Asia, Georgia might have been a crossroads ofdispersal to the west in Europe as well as to southern and eastern Asia. For the scientificactivity in this field Professor David Lordkipanidze (Director of the Janashia State NationalMuseum of Georgia, Tbilisi) received the 2004 Rolex Award for Enterprise [Link 1].
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