About History – The Golden Treasure of Vani

Colchis (Georgian: კოლხეთი) was an ancient Georgian kingdom in Western Georgia known in Greek mythology as the destination of Jason and the Argonauts in their quest for the Golden Fleece. Renowned as a region rich in gold, the excavation of a series of rich burials and other discoveries at the town of Vani (Georgian: ვანი) in present day Imereti region have revealed a highly developed culture and spectacular gold jewelry.

Openwork gold clip for a headdress circa 350-300 B.C.

Openwork gold clip for a headdress circa 350-300 B.C. Georgian National Museum. Photo by Amiran Kiladze

Necklace with Bird Pendants 400-350 B.C.

Necklace with Bird Pendants 400-350 B.C.  Georgian National Museum. Photo by Amiran Kiladze.

Coin of Philip II of Macedon

Coin of Philip II of Macedon. Georgian National Museum. Photo by Rob Harrell

Ring with a seated woman and Greek inscription

Ring with a seated woman and Greek inscription. Georgian National Museum. Photo by Amiran Kiradze.

Pendant ornaments with riders on horses 400-350 B.C. Georgian National Museum. Photo by Amiran Kiladze.

Pendant ornaments with riders on horses 400-350 B.C. Georgian National Museum. Photo by Amiran Kiladze.

Since the 1930s, archaeologists have uncovered 28 burials dating to about 450–250 B.C.

Excavation of a grave at Vani. Photo courtesy of the Otar Lordkipanidze Center for Archaeological Research, the Georgian National Museum

A grave at Vani. Photo: Otar Lordkipanidze Center for Archaeological Research, the Georgian National Museum

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