Dr. Gocha Tsetskhladze
Prof. Gocha Tsetskhladze (Ph.D. Moscow, D.Phil. Oxford) is a classical archaeologist who specializes in ancient Greek colonization and the archaeology of the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, Caucasia, Anatolia, and Central and Eastern Europe in the first millennium B.C. For more than twenty years he has excavated several Greek colonial sites around the Black Sea (in Georgia, Russia, and the Ukraine). In 2009 he became director of the excavation at Pessinus in central Anatolia. Professor Tsetskhladze was born in (Soviet) Georgia and was educated in Kharkov, Ukraine; Moscow, Russia; and Oxford, England. From 2004 to 2015 he taught Mediterranean, Anatolian, and Black Sea archaeology at Melbourne University, Australia. Prior to moving there he had resided in England for fourteen years, where he taught classical archaeology at the University of London. He has now returned to Britain and is affiliated to Linacre College, Oxford and the University of Nottingham, as well as the International Hellenic University in Thessaloniki and the University of Bucharest. Professor Tsetskhladze is the author of more than two hundred and fifty books, edited volumes, chapters, articles, etc.; founder and series editor of the publication series Colloquia Pontica, now Colloquia Antiqua; and founder and editor-in-chief of the journal Ancient West & East. He has organised many international conferences, congresses, etc., notably the International Congress on Black Sea Antiquities that he established in 1995 (the first congress took place in Varna in 1997; the fifth and latest in Belgrade in 2013; and the next is scheduled for Constanta in 2017). He was awarded the Gold Medal of Charles University, Prague, in May 2015, in recognition of his academic achievements, and was made an Professor of the University of Bucharest, honoris causa, in November 2015. He has lectured extensively at universities in Europe and North America, most recently as an Onassis Visiting Professor at four North American universities in 2006. He has been described in print as ‘Mr Colonization’ for his extensive work on this phenomenon.