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WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2015 FIELD SEASON

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 and economic organization of Bronze and Iron Age societies in the Zuunkhangai region (Uvs province) of Mongolia through the use of regional survey 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 Bronze Age (mid-second millennia BCE) and continues to be inhabited by nomadic pastoralists who have maintained much of their traditional lifeways. For further details, please download the 'Project Overview' by clicking on the link below.

SESSION DATES:

23 May - 19 June, 2015 (exact dates may change slightly)
PROGRAM FEES: $1850.00

Includes: Transport to and from field, training, and meals in the field.

Not included: International travel, visas, personal insurance.

Note: We are accepting only a very limited number of participants,
so we encourage you to apply early.
APPLICATION DEADLINE:

31 March, 2015
DOWNLOAD PROJECT OVERVIEW         ONLINE APPLICATION

The 2015 field season will include regional survey, ethnographic research and excavation of ritual features and habitation sites. Participants will receive training in proper survey methods, ethnographic interviews, and unearthing and documenting materials. Participants will also have the opportunity to work with the artifactual material as well as with the projectís zooarchaeologist, cartographer and lithics specialist.

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Staff

Dr. Jean-Luc Houle (Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology, Western Kentucky University)

Jamsranjav Bayarsaikhan (National Museum of Mongolia)

Lee Broderick (Zooarchaeologist, University of York, UK)

Oula Seitsonen (Cartographer and lithics specialist, University of Helsinki, Finland)

The Team

The project team will consist of our staff, Mongolian students from local universities and the participants accepted in this program.

PREREQUISITE:

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Participants need no special training, but should be prepared for physical activity for extended periods of time.
  • The most important things you need for this project are patience, a good sense of humor; and the ability to adapt to radically different cultures and environments.


For further information, please
contact Jean-Luc Houle at:
jean-luc.houle@wku.edu
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