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Geoarchaeological Survey in Kazakhstan

Location: Kazakhstan

June 20, 2016 to October 31, 2016

Session dates: 
1) Chu-Ili mountains (Petroglyphs sites), 20 June-05 July; 14-30 October 2) Geoarchaeological study of the Balkhash lake and Ili delta, 25 August- 8 September 3) Geoarchaeological documentation of Aschybulak (East of Almaty), 8-22 August

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Deadline Type: 
Contact for details

Flyer: PDF icon volunteer_camps_2016_lga-kazakhstan.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 2016, the Laboratory of Geoarchaeology (Faculty of History, Archeology and Ethnology, Al-Farabi Kazakh Nationa l 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 June and October 2016 and are 15 days in duration. Volunteers and student s of archaeology are welcome to join us. The participation fee is 300USD 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:

There will 3 expeditions occurring from June 20 - October 31, 2016

1) Chu-Ili mountains (Petroglyphs sites), 20 June-05 July; 14-30 October

2)  Geoarchaeological study of the Balkhash lake and Ili delta,  25 August- 8 September

3)  Geoarchaeological documentation of Aschybulak (East of Almaty), 8-22 August

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.

$300 per week

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Al-Farabi National University, Institute of Geology
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 Petroglyphs of 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.

Endo K. et alt. Lake Level Change and Environmental Evolution during the Last 8000 Years Mainly based on Balkhash Lake Cores in Kazakhstan, Central Eurasia. In: Toward a Sustainable Society in Central Asia: An Historical Perspective on the Future. Proceedings of the International Workshop, Almaty, 9-10 January 2012, Kyoto, 2012: