Location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
This project aims to explore important themes of prehistoric mortuary-ritual and human-environment relationships and to provide a empirically driven perspective on prehistoric ritual remains and social/ritual interaction. The field research seeks to register and document Bronze Age Deer stone and Burial mound sites in the Zavhan province of Mongolia, as well as to excavate some ritual mounds of the Deer stone and Khirigsuur sites in the Daagan del of the Shiluustei sum and Uguumur valley of the Telmen sum site of Zavhan province. The targeted project province is poorly studied for Bronze Age archaeology except for some minimal survey during the middle of XX century.
During the Middle and Late Bronze Age (1300-700 B.C.), monumental ritual/burial features (khirigsuurs and deer stones) were constructed throughout central and western Mongolia suggesting processes of ritual integration. Mongolia's Bronze Age deer stones are one of the most striking expressions of early monumental art in Central Asia, yet their age, origins, relationships, and meaning remain obscure. Speculation about Scythian connections has stimulated recent research in Mongolia that has begun to peel away their mysteries and reveals connections to Scytho-Siberian and northern art.
The summer 2013 field season will include the following activities:
Participants of the “Daagan del” Archaeology Project will be trained in proper archaeological methods according to their interests.
Period(s) of Occupation: Middle and Late Bronze Age (1500-500 B.C.)
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
Living conditions are quite rustic. There is no running water or electricity. All participants are required to bring a tent and their own camping gear. We will have common kitchen and laboratory space available. There is water nearby which we will filter for drinking.
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