Location: Bulgan, Mongolia
***APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 15TH****
Slots are still open for Session II and volunteers applying for both sessions. There is very limited availability for Session I; if you wish to participate for Session I only, you must submit your application by May 1st. Please contact us at email@example.com for more details
The Baruun Mukhdagiin Am (BMA) Archaeological Project is an international collaborative research program of survey and excavation in Bulgan province, Central Mongolia, located along the Orkhon Canyon approximately 290 km west of the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. The project primarily focuses upon the Xiongnu period (300 BCE – 200 CE) in the Baruun Mukhdagiin environs through excavations at the main cemetery and ancient herder campsites, and survey of the foothills and river valleys surrounding the cemetery. The Xiongnu formed the first steppe empire of Inner Asia and catalyzed a long history of nomadic polities rising out of the Eurasian steppes to dominate and terrorize their settled agrarian neighbors, best exemplified by Chinggis Khan and the Mongol Horde. The 2014 BMA field season will concentrate on understanding the practices and relationships in life and death that constituted a local mobile pastoral community and how those practices and relationships interfaced with the broader Xiongnu imperial project.
Previous archaeological fieldwork at Baruun Mukhdagiin Am mapped 293 burial surface features in the main Xiongnu cemetery and identified several habitation contexts (presence of surface Xiongnu-period ceramic scatter) within 15km of that cemetery through pedestrian survey. The project’s multidisciplinary approach to these contexts includes bioarchaeological, zooarchaeological, ceramic, and spatial analyses of recovered materials. Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in mortuary and habitation context excavations, pedestrian survey, and assist with analyses in the field laboratory tent, gaining first-hand experience and training in these core aspects of archaeological research.
Period(s) of Occupation: Xiongnu era (300 BCE to 200 CE)
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: One session
Room and Board Arrangements
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered None
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