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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Asia - Mongolia - Targan Nuur Archaeology Project - 2012

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2012-07-15
End Date 2012-08-07

Archaeology Field School Location

Targan Nuur, Hovsgol aimag (province), Mongolia

Academic Credit

None. Willing to support projects for credit arranged through participant's own institution.

Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

$1750 USD

Archaeology Field School Description

This collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh and the National Museum of Mongolia aims to increase our understanding of prehistoric settlement patterns , integration, and human-environment relationships in the northern-most region of Mongolia through archaeological investigation. Stone monuments dating to the Bronze-Age dot the hillsides where nomadic pastoralists still tend their herds and maintain much of their traditional life-ways.

The team will travel to the beautiful, but isolated Darkhad Depression where we will conduct archaeological surveys, excavations, and ethnographic interviews. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in real archaeological fieldwork in the beautiful Mongolian countryside. No previous experience necessary—just a great attitude, willingness to learn, and sense of adventure!

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type


Time Period

Bronze Age, Iron Age

Field School Setting/Conditions

We will be camped along the shores of a lake in northern Mongolia. This region is a mix of pasture, lakes, rivers, mountains, forests, and taiga.

How is the project area accessed each day

We are 1-2 days drive from the aimag (province) capital, and 3-5 days from Ulaanbaatar, the national capital.

What is the daily schedule for the field school

Work while the weather is nice! Will have time off each week to do laundry, rest, explore the area.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
First Year!
Is there a professional certification for this field school


Directors and Instructors

*Julia Clark-University of Pittsburgh-Co-director
*Jamsranjav Bayarsaikhan- National Museum of Mongolia- Co-director
*Peter Woodley - University of Sydney - Principle Field Assistant
*Stefani Crabtree - Washington State University - GIS and Ethnography
*Katie Harris - Washington State University - Lithics

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

*ethnographic interviews
*experimental archaeology

On rain days will there be lab work?


Will there be additional organized activities?

We will have the opportunity to visit a variety of archaeological sites. Additionally, there will be lots of opportunities to interact with local Mongolian herders.
NOTE: There is a national festival (Naadam)just prior to the start of the field season - you may want to come several days early to attend this festival!

Is travel restriced during free time?

It will be difficult to do much traveling on your own during the field season as we are in a very remote area.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Julia Clark
3302 WWPH
Department of Anthropology
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

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