· Investigate the roots of the First Steppe Empire of Mongolia through archaeological fieldwork in the Züünkhangai region of northwestern Mongolia.
· Learn state of the art field methods and conduct hands-on work on Bronze and Iron Age sites with an international team of archaeologists who are investigating human-environment interactions and the development of complex societies in Inner Asia.
· Expose yourself to a radically different culture and way of life by living and working among Mongolian pastoral herders who make up one of the world’s last remaining nomadic cultures.
The 2023 field season will include regional survey and excavation of ancient nomadic pastoralist habitation sites and ritual monuments.
Participants will receive training in survey, proper methods of unearthing and documenting materials, and other related field and lab methods (see project’s website for details).
This project accommodates participants wishing to receive academic credit and those just willing to gain archaeological field experience.
PROJECT OVERVIEW AND ONLINE APPLICATION: https://westernmongoliaarchaeology.weebly.com
SESSION DATES: 25 MAY – 20 JUNE 2023
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 28 FEBRUARY 2023
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
PROGRAM FEES: $2,800
Includes: Transport to and from field, training, room and board in the field, and international medical insurance.
Not included: International travel, visas (if required), and additional personal insurance.
Field Course credit is available.
Institutions: Western Kentucky University and National Museum of Mongolia.
For further information, please contact Dr. Jean-Luc Houle at: firstname.lastname@example.org