2004 Chastiye Kurgany Fieldwork Opportunities

Daily Activities and More Information



The camp is situated to the north of Rostov na-Donu, not far from the small city Belaya Kalitva. The nearest village and the river are 2-3 km distance from the camp. We will have a cold shower in the camp but we will go to the river by bus every day where we can swim.

The camp itself is situated in a small grove of trees surrounded by fields, one of which is covered with about 30 burrial mounds. Volunteers will excavated one of the smaller kurgans so that it can be completed within two weeks.

The temperature in July and in the beginning of August is usually 25-35 C in the daytime. However, as the climate is continental, the nights can be chilly enough for a sweat shirt. It rarely rains during the summer in the steppes, although this depends on the year.

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RISE AND SHINE at 6 a.m. Breakfast. Excavations from 7 a.m. till 1 p.m. Dinner is at 2 p.m. Then off to the river for a swim, go on an excursion to the beautiful places of nature or to the nearest Cossack village (Don't forget there are three full day of excursions besides these short explorations). In the evening - supper, build the campfire, and sing. (Singing around the campfire to the accompaniment of a guitar is very popular in Russia.) Visits by folk musicians and singers are also planned. Then off to bed for a well-deserved night's sleep!



Equipment All heavy excavating equipment will be furnished by the expedition team. However, it is always advisable to bring your own small tools, such a trowel, small scoops (flour scoops work well) to remove tiny amounts of dirt, several small brushes (paint brushes are nice of 1/2" up to 3" as you prefer. It is also advisable to bring your own sleeping bag. All items of personal use must also be brought with you.

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