2004 Golden Hills Khazar Fortress Excavation

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The Golden Hills fortress is locatedin the lower Don River region, about 70 km east of Rostov-na-Don. More information will be available later on specific location and details of the camp. The temperature in June and early July is generaly mild but it can be rainy so rain gear is recommended. The climate, nevertheless, is continental, so there could be some hot days and nights chilly enough for a sweat shirt or even a jacket.

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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. Don't forget film, camera, and writing materials for notes.

Golden Hills Index

2002 Golden Hills Excavation Report

2002 Golden Hills Photographs