David Lordkipanidze

2004 Laureate, Cultural Heritage
Georgia, Born 1963


Project Goal

Transform thought on human evolution through Georgia discoveries

Location: Georgia

"I knew it was something important, but at the time I honestly did not understand how important."

Since the bones of the earliest-known human ancestors to venture out of Africa came to light at Dmanisi, Georgia, in 1991, palaeanthropologist David Lordkipanidze has led the excavation, under challenging economic and political circumstances, of what is now regarded as one of the world’s foremost prehistoric sites. He has gathered an international team of scientists who, each year, make astonishing new finds that are rewriting the human story. He plans to extend the excavations and protect this and other nearby sites, building a shelter that will include a field laboratory and museum.


number of human skulls David's team discovered at Dmanisi

1.75 million

age, in years, of the bones discovered by David's team


height, in metres, of Georgia's hominids


size, in square metres, of the Dmanisi site.

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