On 21-25 January 2020, work was carried out in the storehouse of the Church and Archaeological Museum of the Holy Metropolis of Abkhazia with anthropological material discovered during the archaeological expedition “Ankhua-2019.” During the expedition, excavations were carried out by the church of St. George in the village of Ankhua, Gudauta district. As a result of excavations 24 human bodies were discovered.
The Church and Archaeological Museum of HMA invited T. Yu. Shvedchikova, a researcher in the theory and methodology of the Institute of Archeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a candidate of historical sciences to work with anthropological material.
Storehouse work was carried out under the leadership of T. Yu. Shvedchikova, with the participation of a senior researcher at the Abkhazian Institute for Humanitarian Studies named after D. Gulia of the Academy of Sciences of Abkhazia, Doctor of Theology, Archimandrite Dorotheos (Dbar), and assistants – employees of HMA A. Smyr and G. Zakhartsev.
In the course of the work, the remains found during the excavations were systematized, their background (sex, age, preservation and special features) was prepared, samples were taken for subsequent radiocarbon and DNA analyzes, which will clarify the dating, origin and other characteristics of the burials, which will help to find out the date of construction and operation of the church of St. George in the village of Ankhua. Based on the results of work with osteological material, T. Yu. Shvedchikova will present a scientific report, which will be included in the book of the HMA publishing house, named “Temples and Monasteries of Abkhazia”, dedicated to the history of the church of St. George in the village of Ankhua, Gudauta District.