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If you are interested in preserving Mongolia's cultural and natural heritage through research and public outreach, NOMAD Science assembles an annual international, interdisciplinary team to conduct fieldwork in northern Mongolia. The 2020 fieldseason will consist of 4 different opportunities for participants listed below. While many of our participants are working towards an archaeology degree, team members come from a variety of disciplines, educational backgrounds, generations, nationalities, etc. All of our programs feature cross-cultural collaboration, with approximately half of the team members being Mongolian and the other half foreign. Whether this is a requirement for your bachelors/masters/PhD program, or you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, check out our program choices below. No previous experience necessary.

Applications for this program are now open with an initial application deadline of FEBRUARY 15, and a final application deadline for any remaining slots on APRIL 1, 2020. For support in securing external funding, applying your GI Bill,  or utilizing your AmeriCorps education award, please contact us. The program covers all costs for the duration of the project for food, transportation, permits, and equipment. This does not include international travel to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, travel insurance, or personal camping gear. 

Are you an instructor with an idea for a new field course that might fit well into NOMAD Science’s programs? While we are firmly based in archaeology, we are looking to expand into related fields. Propose a new course here!


Session I: Survey Archaeology

May 5-25

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Description: During this intensive, dynamic 3-week course, team members will be tasked with travelling to many different parts of Huvsgul province to locate and map archaeological sites with a focus on determining the scale of looting activity in the region. Illegal looting activity has been particularly destructive in this region of northern Mongolia, and it is hoped that this survey will provide a rich dataset to help understand the severity of the problem, what has been lost, what is salvageable, and the nature of looting with a goal of curbing future destruction of priceless archaeological sites. This program is designed for fit, adventure-minded participants who relish a physical and mental challenge. They will travel by 4WD, on foot, and by horse and will be rewarded with the comradery of passionate like-minded cultural heritage enthusiasts, amazing views and breathtaking campsites.

MORE INFO COMING SOON

Dates: May 5-25, 2020

Fee: $2,900  USD

APPLICATION


Session II: Salvage Archaeology

June 8 - 29

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Description: Building on the last 3 years of salvage work by NOMAD Science, this 3-week program is designed to salvage threatened material related to illegal looting activity in northern Mongolia. Thieves have targeted nearly every known cemetery in the region, hauling away untold treasures and destroying much of Mongolia’s priceless cultural heritage. Our teams travel to these disturbed cemeteries and recover what we can – which has historically actually turned out to be quite a bit! Despite the missing components and jumbled contexts, archaeologists can still learn a lot about ancient peoples from what remains. However, without our intervention, much of what remains will decay, be destroyed, lost, or looted again. This program is designed for participants interested in cultural heritage preservation, field conservation, salvage archaeology, and bioarchaeology. Participants will be stationed at a base camp and travel to various nearby cemeteries on a daily basis.

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Dates: June 8 - 29, 2020

Fee:  $2,900  USD

APPLICATION

(For support in applying for external funding, please contact us.)


Session III: Soyo Archaeology Field School

July 6 - 24

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Description: This year’s 3-week program at the multicomponent (Neolthic-Bronze Age) site of Soyo will focus on groundtruthing geophysical results from previous years through targeted excavation, and continuing surveys that put Soyo into the larger landscape context in which it is found. The previous application of GPR, ERT, and Magnetometry have given us important clues as to what may lie beneath the surface of this important site that straddles the regional hunting and gathering to herding transition. This year, we will be using that data to target specific areas of the site that have shown suggestive anomalies in the geophysical data in the hopes of locating hearths, pits, and other cultural features related to the thousands of years of occupation at the site. Additionally, pedestrian survey around the site will be expanded to help illuminate land-use strategies and change through time. This program is designed for participants who want a traditional archaeological field school that gives them a wide range of new field skills, those interested in how to use and apply geophysical data, and those interested in the adoption of food production.

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Dates: July 29 - August 16, 2019

Fee: $2,900  USD

APPLICATION

(For support in applying for external funding, please contact us.)

*Australian students from Flinders University, Macquarie University, Southern Cross University, the University of Wollongong, and James Cook University : A significant number of scholarships of up to $3,000 AUD are available based on merit and need through our partnership with Flinders University and the generous support of the New Colombo Plan. More info on how to apply for this funding will be released soon.


Session IV: Taiga Archaeology

August 1 - 29

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Description: Throughout this challenging but rewarding 4-week course, participants will travel by horseback and on foot through remote regions of Mongolia’s taiga and tundra to investigate known archaeological sites, discover and map new sites, and search for the source of the region’s rich stone tool industry. Preliminary work in the 2019 field season finally resulted in the discovery of several lithic scatters in the high mountain areas now occupied by reindeer herders. The team will return to these sites to collect and map these finds, will build predictive models to help locate new sites, will work with local reindeer herder communities to help interpret and share their findings, and will follow tips to locate important resources used by the region’s ancient people – in particular the location of stone quarries. This program is designed for fit, adventurous participants who are up for a physical and mental challenge, willing to work as a team, and who’s curiosity always leads them over the next ridge.

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Dates: August 1 - 29, 2020

Fee: $3,750 USD

APPLICATION

(For support in applying for external funding, please contact us.)