from Google Maps
Georgia's western border runs along part of the black sea
and most of its northern and eastern border is Russia.
Marco was impressed with the large amounts of sturgeon and salmon that came from the sea and the box wood that was located throughout the area.
He mentions the great quantity of silk interwoven with gold. Which is interesting on 2 accounts:
1) Georgia is where the myth of Jason and the Golden Fleece has been believed to be located (since at least 700 BC).
2) People still pan for gold in parts of Georgia with the fleece of sheep.
There is a large species of vulture named "avigi" that Marco reports. There are 2 kinds of large old world vultures currently in Georgia:
Eurasian Griffon Vultures
and Cinereous Vultures.
Currently, the Gate of Iron is thought to be located in Derbent, Russia on the Caspian Sea.
ACTIVITY: Try panning for gold except use fleece.
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I am working on a year long series on the Polo family travels and thought I'd share it with you. Enjoy and please post any additional information you have for us or corrections.
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