Links to Web pages on the cultures and languages of the North and South Caucasus

NB: The following list of links is by no means complete nor likely to be representative of what's out there in Cyberspace. I have tried to include sites representing differing points of view on matters political, cultural and scientific. Needless to say, I by no means endorse all — or even most — of the opinions expressed on these pages. Please contact me with addresses of relevant sites not listed here, and I will include them as soon as possible.

I. Ethnography, linguistics, culture, literature

a. Caucasia as a whole.
International Caucasological Research Institute (includes PDF formatted articles from the journal "Amirani")
Caucasus Studies (University of Jena); Facebook page
Projekt TITUS (Extensive online collection of texts in Indo-European and Caucasian languages, directed by Prof. Jost Gippert)
Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS)Jost Gippert: Publications (numerous downloadable papers on Iranian and Caucasian languages)
Language map of the Caucasus (prepared by Jost Gippert)
Soyuz:Postsocialist Cultural Studies

b. North Caucasus

Circassian World
The Ingush Language (Johanna Nichols' Ingush Language project at UC-Berkeley)
Wolfgang Schulze (leading expert on Daghestanian linguistics, including important work on Udi and the newly-discovered Caucasian Albanian palimpsests)
Northwest Caucasian linguistics — University of Graz Language Server
Northeast Caucasian linguistics — University of Graz Language Server

c. South Caucasus.
American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC)
Abkhazia: Archaeology and ethnography (mostly in Russian; lots of pictures)
Georgian Language and Culture (Dr. Shorena Kurtsikidze, Georgian ethnologist living in California)
Web-site of the Parliament of Georgia.
Besik Sisauri (des renseignements de toutes sortes sur la Géorgie et des liens à d'autres sites d'intérêt)
Kartvelian (South Caucasian) linguistics — University of Graz Language Server
The Georgian language: distance learning course (Malmo University, Sweden)
Batsav, about the Tsova-Tush (Bats) people of Georgia, and the Caucasus in general (Alex Bainbridge)
Georgia and South Caucasus blog (an excellent starting point for getting to know the region)

II. Literature and music
Donald Rayfield (Emeritus Professor of Georgian and Russian literature in London)
Le chevalier à la peau de panthère (texte intégral de l'épopée géorgienne médiévale, traduit par Gaston Bouatchidzé)
Kartuli literatura (Selection of Georgian poetry and other writings, in Georgian, using Unicode fonts)

La musique du compositeur géorgien Félix Glonti (avec sa Symphonie romantique et quelques autres compositions en format MP3)
Karalahana Black Sea culture site, with information, pictures, music etc. from the Laz communities of eastern Turkey
The Best Georgian Music website (created by Maya Urushadze)
Deepdown Productions (recordings of Georgian music by Mzetamze, Anchiskhati, Darbazi and Georgika)
Georgian music: MIDI and Real Audio files (Besiki Sisauri)
Radio 105 Tbilisi ("mamachemis radio"; popular, modern & folk music)
Ensemble Marani (Georgian-music ensemble based in Paris)
Trio Kavkasia (Alan Gasser, Stuart Gelzer, Carl Linich) — includes notes about the Georgian folk songs on Kavkasia's three CDs, and an excellent introduction to Georgian music, tuning and instruments.

IV. History, archaeology

Giorgi Leon Kavtaradze (Georgian historian and archaeologist Giorgi Leon Kavtaradze, with selected papers & much more)
Adam Smith Homepage (Archaeology in the Caucasus, especially Armenia)
Caucasology (International Caucasological Research Institute, and its journal "Amirani", available on line)
Prof. Paata Bukhrashvili (Georgian ethnologist and archaeologist P'aat'a Buxrashvili)
Die georgisch-deutsche Expedition in Ananuri (Universität Halle)
Georgica (Tbilisi State University)
Dmanisi archeological site (1.8 million year old remains of hominid, similar to homo erectus)
American Center of Khazar Studies (founded by Kevin Brooks; a wealth of information about the medieval Khazar kingdom of the North Caucasus, whose ruling class adopted Judaism)
Peter Golden (Historian of Central Asia and the Caucasus)

V. Current affairs, politics

RFE/RL 24-Hour LIVE Broadcast Studio (broadcasts in languages of Eastern Europe and Central Asia)
RFE/RL NewsLine
Broadcasting Company Rustavi 2 (daily news from Georgian TV station)
Civil Georgia: On-line magazine of Georgian political news, building civil society, etc.
Georgian Association Home Page
Caucasus and Central Asia Program at UC Berkeley
National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, Home Page

VI. Geography, travel
Georgia  (Georgian population by regions)
Weather Underground: Tbilisi, Georgia Forecast