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Geoarchaeological Survey in Kazakhstan

Location: Kazakhstan

July 10, 2014 to October 21, 2014

Session dates: 
1) Chu-Ili mountains (Petroglyphs sites), 10-24 July; 15-31 September; 7-21 October 2) Tarbagatai mountains (Petroglyphs and Bronze-Iron Age sites), 7-21 August 3) Geoarchaeological documentation of Aschybulak (East of Almaty), 1-7 July; 1-7 September

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Flyer: volunteer_camps_in_kazakhstan_2014.pdf

Program Type

Field school


Laboratory of Geoarchaeology (Faculty of History, Archeology and Ethnology, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University) Kazakhstan

Project Director:

Renato Sala

Project Description


During the summer and autumn of 2014, Laboratory of Geoarchaeology (Faculty of History, Archeology and Ethnology, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University) is organizing archaeological investigations covering all periods from Palaeolithic to Modern times all over Kazakhstan. The programme of work consist mainly in mapping, land and aerial photography, collection of paleodata for analyses. Open-air lectures in the history, archaeology and geoarchaeology of Central Asia and visits of local sites will be included. Sessions will take place between July and October 2013 and are 15 days in duration. Volunteers and students of archaeology are welcome to join us. The participation fee is €250 (or 300 USD) per week and academic credit is given by the Kazakh National University. Interested volunteers and students of archaeology should contact the LGA to ask for full details on the various survey and excavation opportunities on offer.

Renewed information are also available on the Laboratory of Geoarchaeology web site:

Or you can check the updated announcement of our volunteer camps on the Fieldwork webpage of the Archaeological Institute of America.

 There will 3 expeditions occurring from July 01, 2014 - October 31, 2014

1) Chu-Ili mountains (Petroglyphs sites), 10-24 July; 15-31 September; 7-21 October

2) Tarbagatai mountains (Petroglyphs and Bronze-Iron Age sites), 7-21 August

3) Geoarchaeological documentation of Aschybulak (East of Almaty), 1-7 July; 1-7 September

Application Deadline: Not applicable

Period(s) of Occupation: From Palaeolithic to modern times

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 15 days

Minimum age: 
18 y.o.

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

The volunteers will stay in open air camps and sometimes in private houses. The weather is extremely dry. Volunteers should bring a sleeping bag, a mat, a sweater, some strong shoes, and a flashlight. Further tours can be organised at the end of the fieldwork.

€250 or $300 per week

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Institute of Geology, Institute of Nomads
Number of credits offered as required


Contact Information
Deom Jean-Marc, 71, 4th Floor, room 4-8, 050060 Almaty, KAZAKHSTAN
Recommended Bibliography: 


SalaR., Deom J.-M., 2005 Petroglyphsof South Kazakhstan. Almaty. (Available in English and Russian).

AubekerovB.J., Rogozhinskii A.E., Sala R, 2004 Pamyatniki Kazakhstana "Rock art sites of Kazakshtan" in RogozhinskiyA (ed) (2004) Rock Art sites of Central Asia: documentation, conservation, management, community participation. Almaty.