The Center for the Study
of the Eurasian Nomads

Archaeology in North Central Mongolia

The Egiin Gol Survey Project

Mongolian wrestlers at the mid-summer Naadam festival.

July 1998, Egiin Gol


Lead Research Staff:
William Honeychruch, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan
Heather Price, Archaeological Research Facility, University of California, Berkeley
Mark Hall, Japanese National Museum of History, Chiba, Japan
Participant Information
Location: Northern Mongolia, Bulgan aimag (nearest city is Erdenet).
Survey and excavation in the Egiin Gol River Valley at a variety of sites
dating from the Upper Paleolithic to the 19th and 20th century AD.
Dates of Project: June 1 - August 1, 1999
Volunteer Sessions:
* 2 week sessions: June 15 - July 1 or July 15 - August 1
* 4 week sessions: June 1 - July 1 or July 1 to August 1
* 6 week session: June 15 - August 1

Note: some flexibility in scheduling is required by expedition organizers
depending on participant flight arrangements.


Application Deadline: April 20, 1999
Requirements: Minimum age, 21. No experience required. Training will be provided by both American and Mongolian archaeologists. However, it is important that Participants are able to withstand challenging field conditions, a moderate to moderately heavy workload, living in tents out on the steppe, and a meat oriented diet. They should also have a good sense of humor and be able to cope with a country where Murphy's Law reigns supreme. It needs to be emphasized that this project is in a fairly remote part of Mongolia and participants will be living on the steppe in fairly simple and primitive conditions. There is a limited number of participant positions open for the 1999 fieldwork season.
Tax deductible donations as described below, cover expenses at the site:
2 week session - $1500
4 week session - $3000
6 week session - $4000
Participants will pay their own air fare and expenses in Ulaanbaatar, and the 400 km train fare to the site and back. Some assistance in making arrangements in Mongolia is available through the project organizers. Participants must bring their own sleeping bag, tent, and all medications and personal items that are required for the entire time period. Insurance is not included but is recommended.
An invitation from Mongolian officials is required to obtain a visa and for participation on the expedition. Western world participants will be under the auspices of CSEN and the organization will facilitate obtaining visas for all participants. Because of the time needed to process invitations in Ulan Bator and to obtain visas from the Mongolian Embassy in Washington DC, deadline for acceptance is April 20, 1999.

For additional information contact:


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posted March 31, 1999