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Academics collaborate in electronic atlas project

Dr Graham Jones, Lecturer in England Topography in the University’s Centre for English Local History, is again preparing to travel to Georgia. Following closely on his visit to Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, for a conference on historical studies, his new task there will be to begin a joint research programme with his host, Dr Medea Abashidze, Secretary of the Historical Sources Commission of the Georgian Academy of Sciences.

The British Academy has agreed to support the programme, which will include - for Dr Abashidze - visits to Leicester, Oxford, and the British Library.

Dr Jones and Dr Abashidze aim to compile an electronic atlas of sacred sites and religious dedications in the Caucasian country, which looks back to influences from both Byzantium and Syria/Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) and where interest in religious studies and cultural history has expanded hugely since the fall of Communism and the break-up of the Soviet Union.

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