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Lordkipanidze David



David Lortkipanidze has over 30 years of experience in archaeological excavations and interdisciplinary research in Georgia, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kuwait, Germany and France. He has led exhibitions at the National Museum of Georgia, both in Georgia and abroad. He has been a member of the Scientific Committee on Expositions on Human Evolution at the world’s leading museums. He heads the Dmanisi International Field School.

He has published about 100 scientific papers (including several monographs) in the field of anthropology, paleoecology, evolution of hominids and archaeology.

Education - Scientific Degree

  1. 2018


    The Georgian National Academy of Sciences
  2. 2009

    Corresponding Member

    The Georgian National Academy of Sciences
  3. 2001


  4. 2001

    Doctor of Science (Geography)

  5. 1992

    PhD in Geography

  6. 1986-1991

    Post-graduate Study

    Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
  7. 1980-1985


    Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Geology and Geography

Professional Experience

  1. 2005 - Present
    Director General
    The Georgian National Museum
  2. 2018 - Present
    Full Professor
    Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
  3. 2004-2005
    Simon Janashia National Museum
  4. 2002-2004
    Deputy Director
    Simon Janashia National Museum
  5. 2001 - Present
    Invited Professor
    University of Ferrara (Italy), University of Tarragona (Spain)
  6. 1997-2002
    Head of the Department of Geology and Paleontology
    Simon Janashia National Museum
  7. 1992-1997
    Senior Researcher
    Institute of Geography, The Georgian Academy of Sciences
  8. 1985-1986
    Lab. Assistant
    Institute of Geography, The Georgian Academy of Sciences

Awards & Prizes

  • 2016
    State Order of the Federal Republic of Germany, Goethe Medal
  • 2014
    Humboldt Prize
  • 2011
    Order of Excellence of the President of Georgia
  • 2012
    Leo Davitashvili Prize in Paleobiology
    The Georgian National Academy of Sciences
  • 2008
    Lynchey National Academy Award "Fabio Frassetto" International Prize (Italy)
  • 2006
    Order of Honour of France
  • 2004
    Rolex Award for Initiative
  • 2004
    Georgian National Award in Science and Technology
  • 2002
    Order of France "Palmes Academiques”
  • 2001
    Order of Honour of Georgia
  • 2001
    Prince of Monaco Prize
  • 1997
    President's Special Award for Young Scientists