Ian Colvin is a historian specialising in the late Roman and Byzantine history of the Caucasus regions. He studied classical and modern Georgian after receiving his MST in Byzantine studies, and has devoted himself to excavations at the site of Nokalakevi. Beginning his foray into both academia and archaeology with an undergraduate thesis that developed into a doctoral dissertation, Ian Colvin now specialises in the late Roman and Byzantine history of the Caucasus regions. He studied modern and classical Georgian as part of his doctoral studies at Oxford and worked as Director of the archaeological expedition to Nokalakevi in 2001, a project with which he has continued. During this role, he has introduced around 200 archaeological volunteers to Georgia and its heritage, and his main research interests are the South Caucasus in Late Antiquity as well as the Late Roman classicising historians.