Georgia is an area a little smaller than the state of South Carolina, smaller than Ireland or Sri Lanka. It is nestled between the Black and Caspian Seas and the countries of Turkey, Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. It sits in the middle of a region that doesn’t neatly fit into any of the seven continents of the world. Depending on the era and the cartographer, Georgia is in Europe, Asia, or is literally the border between the two. What can be agreed upon is that it sits directly in the middle of the Caucasian Mountain Range and is very, very old.
As recently as 2009, human remains were unearthed in Georgia that date back to before civilization was even a thought in our collective conscience. In the medieval village of Dmanisi, human remains were found that were nearly 1.8 million years old. These paleolithic remnants are the oldest known in Eurasia and the oldest European ancestors that have ever been found. Along with the bones, stone tools were discovered that showed a small but sophisticated group of inhabitants that worked on specialized tasks. A Daily Mail article wrote that the remains were, “a stunning archaeological discovery [that] suggests our primitive ancestors left Africa to explore the world around 800,000 years earlier than was previously thought before returning to their home continent.”
Whether the above is true or not, do know that people have been falling in love with Georgia since the beginning of time as not everyone ended up back to Africa. Some excavations in the Satsurblia Caves have shown groups living before and after the last Ice Age (~25,000 and 17,000 BCE). A bit of DNA was recovered from one of those skulls that revealed the person was male and one of the first discovered people to have had light skin and blue eyes. His genetics is closest to the Caucasian Hunter-Gatherers known to have lived in Georgia from as early as 45,000 BCE, surviving through the worst of the last Ice Age.