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David Lordkipanidze

David Lordkipanidze
Photo: Maik Schuck

The director general of the Georgian National Museum, David Lordkipanidze, is one of the most prestigious paleoanthropologists and archaeologists worldwide. For more than 20 years he has led the excavations of Dmanisi in Georgia. David Lordkipanidze became famous mainly by the finds there of 1.8 million-year-old skeletal remains of early hominids. This discovery and its scientific evaluation revolutionized existing knowledge about early human development and migration. Under his influence, Georgian museology, which pursues a special social mission in multi-ethnic, post-Soviet Georgia, has lastingly internationalized and modernized. In her laudatory speech, the president of the German Archaeological Institute, Friederike Fless, emphasized, “As director general of the National Museum of Georgia, David Lordkipanidze strongly and successfully ensures that scientific findings are related in a way that is universally understandable.  For him, science is not only for scientists. It belongs in the public space of museums, exhibitions and education at the excavation sites.” David Lordkipanidze is networked worldwide and has been working closely alongside the Goethe-Institut with renowned German partners in culture and education such as the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt. His initiative for the Berlin exhibition of prehistoric Georgian gold discoveries Medea’s Gold in 2007 at the Altes Museum made a decisive contribution to German-Georgian cultural relations.