From August 27 to September 12, 2012, with the support of the National Agency for the Protection of Adjara Cultural Heritage, archaeological excavations were conducted in the village of Furtio of Shuakhevi municipality, which is 82 km from Batumi and 16 km from Shuakhevi district center.
Archaeological excavations were conducted in two locations. At the beginning of the village, which is called "Alalur" by the local population, a large area was cleared. The remains of two fences and a wall of a residential building were identified. The deceased were buried according to the Christian manner. They had buried various items. The graves were placed in the eastern and southeastern parts of the church. Very interesting archeological materials were found. Multi-glazed ceramics, pitchers, jugs, pendants, two pieces of bronze jar, 2 coins and others. The recovered items are identical to the materials found on the medieval monuments of the Achariskali valley, based on which the church-seat of Furtio should be dated to the 11th-13th centuries.