The Hemshin peoples or Hemshinli (Turkish: Hemsinli) also known as Hamshenis or Homshentsi, are a diverse group of peoples of Armenian origin who in the past or present have been affiliated with the Hemsin district in the province of Rize, Turkey. The term "the Hemshin" is used also in some publications to refer to Hamshentsi. Robert H. Hewsen shows the region where today's Hemshen is located to be populated by a people with different designations throughout the ancient and early medieval history. He indicates thereby that some designations may have alternative forms and partially presents the names used with question marks. In summary from 13th century to 6th century BC Kolkhians, 550 to 330 BC Kolkhiansa and Makrones, 180 BC to 14 AD Laz (Chanian tribes), in the Arsacid Period (63 AD_298 AD) Heniokhians, Makhelones, Heptakometians, Mossynoeci as well as Sannians, Drilles and Makrones are mentioned.
Contributions by Aivazovsky, Behemoth, and Al-Andalus.