The Baga Gazaryn Chuluu Survey Project


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  • Minimum age, 20
  • No experience required
  • Training will be provided by both American and Mongolian archaeologists

It is important that Participants are able to withstand challenging field conditions, a moderate workload (especially hiking), living in tents under semi-desert conditions, and a meat oriented diet

Participants should also have a good sense of humor and be able to cope with a country where Murphy's Law reigns supreme.

We emphasized that this project is in a fairly remote part of Mongolia and participants will be living in very simple conditions


It may be very hot and sunny in the daytime. Survey and excavations are in the open , so we recommend hats and shirts with long sleeves for working. It is rather dusty (or after rain – muddy). We recommend closed shoes or boots for walking and sandals for relaxing. Nights can be quite cool so bring a sweater, sweatshirts and a jacket. The camp, has no electricity so you will need a flashlight. You must bring a tent, your sleeping ba,g and an air mattress (f you desired).


  • July 1 - August 31, 2002


  • Standard 6 week session: July 15 - August 15, 2002
  • Sstandard 3-4 week session: July 15 - August 31, 2002
  • These sessions are recommended as we expect the full research staff to be in the field during these dates.
  • If desired, session schedules and duration may be negotiable in order to accommodate the needs of volunteers


  • Western world participants will be under the auspices of CSEN
  • The organization will facilitate obtaining visas for all participants
  • Because of the time needed to process invitations in Ulaanbaatar and to obtain visas from the Mongolian Embassy in Washington DC, deadline for applications must be strictly adhered to.


  • 4 week session - $1200
  • 6 week session - $1400
  • Contributions are tax deductible
  • There is a limited number of participant positions open for the 2002 field season.


  • All expenses at the site
  • 1-2 nights of lodging in an expedition rental in Ulaanbaatar
  • Transport to and from the site by either local bus or minivan
  • Some assistance in making alternative arrangements in Mongolia is available through the project organizers

Not Included

  • Air fare
  • Any expenses in Ulaanbaatar beyond lodging
  • Personal insurance is not included but is recommended


  • 4 week session - $1200
  • 6 week session - $1400

Note: these sessions are recommended since we expect the full research staff to be in the field during these dates. Session schedules and duration may be negotiable in order to accommodate the needs of volunteers.

Contribution due dates

  • 4 week session: $300 due with application no later than April 15, 2002
  • 6 week session: 500 due with application no later than May 1, 2002

Final payment due dates

  • 4 week session: 900 due by May 25, 2002
  • 6 week session: $900 due by May 30, 2001

Note: The essential official visa for the excavation requires approximately six weeks to obtain. A visa will not be granted until the entire contribution is paid. For this reason, it is important that final payment be made in a timely manner.

Participant Application

Mongolian Visa Form


  • Hats
  • Long sleeved shirts, long pants
  • Shorts and sleeveless shirts
  • Sweat shirts, or sweaters, jacket
  • Swimsuit
  • Closed shoes Sandals
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Air mattress (if desired)
  • Towels
  • All personal items (donít forget T. paper)
  • All medications, pain relievers, antibiotic ointment, Band-Aids
  • Soap, laundry soap


For information on vaccinations and other health precautions, travelers may call the toll-free numbers of the international travelers hotline of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747), may use the CDC autofax service at 1-888-CDC-FAXX, (1-888-232-3299), or may access the CDC home page on the Internet: http://www.cdc.gov.


Visitors planning to stay in Mongolia for more than 30 days are required to register with the police at the Citizens’ Information and Registration Center. The Project Organizers will assist in registering the participants.