Topic ID #39009 - posted 12/12/2017 6:33 AM

Archaeology in Mongolia 2018

Jean-Luc Houle

Archaeology in Mongolia

Session dates

May 26 to June 23, 2018

Project Description

This collaborative project between Western Kentucky University and the National Museum of Mongolia aims to investigate human-environment relationships and understand the nature of the social, political, and economic organization of Bronze and Iron Age societies in the Zuunkhangai region of Mongolia through the use of landscape and settlement archaeology.

Located in the grasslands of northwestern Mongolia, the research area is dotted with archaeological sites that date from at least the Late Paleolithic and continues to be inhabited by nomadic pastoralists who have maintained much of their traditional lifeways.

Activities for the 2018 field season will include regional survey, excavation of human burials, ritual sites, and ancient nomadic pastoralist habitation sites. 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 through WKU and those just willing to gain archaeological field experience.

For a full description, please download the 'Project Overview' through the Project's website:

Room and Board Arrangements

We will stay in a school with beds/bunk beds in a local town surrounded by mobile pastoralist campsites. Participants on the project have many opportunities to meet local nomads and visit them in their gers. Participants must bring their own sleeping bag. Hired cooks will be responsible for buying and preparing all of the food consumed and cleaning up following meals.



Western Kentucky University and National Museum of Mongolia

Project Director:

Dr. Jean-Luc Houle (Western Kentucky University) and Dr. Jamsranjav Bayarsaikhan (National Museum of Mongolia) Staff: Oula Seitsonen (Geographer and lithics specialist, University of Helsinki, Finland) Natalia Égüez (Geoarchaeologist, University of Kiel, Germany) Lee Broderick (Zooarchaeologist, University of York, UK) 

Post ID#20938 - replied 1/2/2018 10:52 AM

Jean-Luc Houle

While the Application Deadline is 28 February, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Accordingly, we encourage people to apply early as places fill up quickly.

Post ID#20949 - replied 2/28/2018 6:24 AM

Jean-Luc Houle

The deadline to apply for this Archaeology Project in Mongolia has been extended to March 15.


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