Asisstant Professor

Dr. Irina Demetradze-Renz has been teaching at Ilia State University since 2010. She received PhD degree in Archaeology at Ilia State University in 2014. Her research interests are interdisciplinary. She studies the fields of Landscape Archaeology, Settlement Archaeology, Roman Archaeology, and GIS applications in Archaeology. Her particular focus is the eastern Roman Empire and the Caucasus. These subjects formed her course syllabi.

Dr. Demetradze-Renz was the Faculty Development Fellow at the Department of Anthropology and William Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley in 2011-13 and 2015-16.

In 2017-18 she joined the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies as an academic visitor at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Her research project encompassed Roman social and religious structures in the Southern Caucasus.

Scientific interests / research interests

  • Human societies and their social structures in the Near East and the South Caucasus
  • Material culture and identites in the Roman world
  • Roman urbanism in the South Caucasus

2014   “Cultural Landscapes of Iberia: Mtskheta Area Settlement Patterns

Ph.D. Dissertation in the 1st century BC – 3rd century AD”, online publication


2021 “Defining Urban Space: Archaeology and Topography of Mtskheta”

      Connecting the Ancient West and East, J. Boardman, J. Hargrave, A. Avram and

  1. Podossinov (eds.), Studies Presented to Prof. Gocha R. Tsetskhladze, 

    Peeters of Louvain

2021 “Roman Urbanism in Caucasian Iberia: A New Look at the City of Armazi”

      Ancient West & East, Volume 20, Peeters of Louvain

2012 “Cultural Landscapes of Seusamora in Eastern Georgia”, Landscape Archaeology between Art and Science, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press

2010 “Cultural Continuity at Samshvilde”, Kadmosi No2, Ilia State University Press 

2010      “Pipeline Archaeology in Georgia”, Antiquity, Project Gallery, online publication, 

  Volume 84, Issue 325

2009  “Greek Pottery Wares from Atsquri”, Iberia-Colchis No 5, Otar Lordkipanidze Centre of Archaeology, Georgian National Museum 

2006 “The BTC Project and Pipeline Archaeology in Georgia”, Eirene (XLII), Institute for Classical Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

2002 “The Bronze Finger-Rings from Atsquri”, in Ancient West & East

  Volume 1, No 2, LeidenBoston: Brill

Current Courses

Course Catalog