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Location: Bayankhongor , Mongolia
Season Dates: July 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014
Session Dates: Session I (July 1st-July 30th) Session II (August 1st-August 31). Participants should schedule their arrival and departure from Ulaanbaatar a few days beyond session dates.
Application Deadline: March 30, 2014
Affiliation: National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar.
Project Director: Kevin Bryce Lowry and Dr. Tumen Dashtseveg, National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar
The Northern Bayan-Khongor Project will take place in south-central Mongolia, concentrating on the Late Bronze to Late Iron Ages (ca. 1500 BC- 200 AD). This is a period when the Mongolian steppe became politically centralized and when the form of nomadic pastoralism associated with the country today emerged. Hence, the project aims to better understand the political and economic transitions of this time period through a comprehensive study of mortuary and habitation sites in the research area. Fieldwork will consist of pedestrian survey, excavation, and laboratory analysis. Archaeologically recovered remains will include lithics, ceramics, bioarchaeological and faunal remains, bronze and iron artifacts, and soils. Volunteers will be trained in all aspects of the project's methodology, and will have the opportunity to take part in each facet of fieldwork to gain familiarity with each phase of archaeological recovery. Participants will also gain experience recording mortuary stone monuments and archaeological sites using a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database. In addition to this hands-on experience, the Project Director and collaborators will provide informational seminars and discussions on topics germane to archaeological research in Mongolia.
Period(s) of Occupation: Bronze Age and Iron Age (1500 BCE- 200 CE)
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 session
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: None
Room and Board Arrangements
The project will be conducted in a rural and remote part of Mongolia. We will work in a relatively challenging steppe environment far from any urban centers. Participants should be prepared for a range of field conditions where Murphy's Law often prevails, and should be comfortable with a moderate workload. An open-mind, enthusiasm, and patience in sometimes adverse field conditions are essential!
Participants are required to supply a tent and sleeping bag for themselves. Two gers (traditional felt tents) will be used for cooking, eating, and laboratory work, and will be available for volunteers as a comfortable place to reside during the mornings and evenings. Weather is extremely variable, from hail to sunshine, chilly to hot. The diet will be relatively simple, but will include three square meals a day. Food will be heavily meat and dairy-based, supplemented by noodles, vegetables, tea and coffee. Vegetarians can manage and should speak to project coordinators how best to supplement the diet.
Number of credits offered: none
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