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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. If you want to join our team for the summer of 2019, select from the sessions below and send us an application, or contact us to find out more information. While many of our participants are working towards an archaeology degree, team members come from a variety of disciplines, educational backgrounds, generations, nationalities, etc. 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 have an early decision date of February 15, 2019, and a final due date of April 30, 2019. Program costs are listed below for each session. 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. 

Below you will see a short description for each of the four sessions that will make up NOMAD Science in 2019.


Description: The looting of archaeological sites in Mongolia has become a big problem in recent years. Following up on NOMAD Science surveys (2017-2018) of looting activity in the Darkhad Depression, and initial salvage work (2018), this program will seek to identify, map, and research looting activity in the region. Efforts to date have recovered a great deal of fragile material including bone, wood, metal, textiles, and more. The team will then work to salvage any remaining artifacts at looted sites incorporating solid archaeological, bioarchaeological, and field conservation skills training.

MORE INFO HERE

Dates:June 17 – July 8, 2019 (tentative - to be confirmed soon)

Fee: $2,900  USD

Application

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


Description: Previous archaeological investigation at Soyo has revealed a complex, unique and important archaeological site that dates to at least 10,000 years before present. During this session, team members will continue to investigate the site through a variety of methods, including traditional archaeological excavation and survey, remote sensing (including geophysics and drone modelling), artifact analysis, ethnographic interviews, and more. The team will camp at our established campsite at Soyo that includes kitchen and laboratory facilities (Mongolian gers).

MORE INFO HERE

Dates: July 8 - July 29, 2019

Fee:  $2,900  USD

Application

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

*Australian applicants: A significant number of scholarships of up to $3,000 AUD are available based on merit and need through the generous support of the New Colombo Plan. More info to come on how to apply for this funding.


Session IIb: Soyo Rangeland Ecology, July 8 - July 29

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Description: This course offers a unique opportunity to learn about current rangeland conditions, management actions and challenges impacting the sustainability of Mongolia’s intact temperate grasslands which is a globally significant resource. The course aims to provide the easy and fast tools to monitor rangeland conditions and skills to read the land from patch to landscape scale with inclusion of the context of livestock grazing management. We believe that this course will provide inspiration for a career in rangeland ecology and management. 

Led by Dr. J. Chantsaa, Rangeland Ecologist (more on our Project Personnel page) 

MORE INFO COMING SOON

Dates: July 8 - July 29, 2019

Fee:  $2,900  USD

Application

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


Description: Partnering with the American Center for Mongolian Studies interdisciplinary field school, this session will engage trained international and Mongolian archeologists, together with field school participants, to explore a newly discovered archeological site dating from the Neolithic to more recent periods of settlement. Participants will engage in hands-on field archaeology, while also engaging with the large number of Mongolian and international tourists visiting the world famous Lake Hovsgol region. This session’s focus on public outreach and archaeotourism is unique among present Mongolian archaeology projects.

MORE INFO HERE

Dates: July 29 - August 16, 2019

Fee: $2,900  USD

Application

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

*American and Canadian applicants: A significant number of scholarships of up to $3,500 USD are available based on merit and need through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation. More info to come on how to apply for this funding.


Session 4: Ice-Patch Archaeology, August 18 - September 8 (tentative)

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Description: As ice and snow patches disappear at an alarming rate due to global climate change, they may be taking priceless archaeological resources that have been preserved in the ice and snow for centuries or even millennia. This project is aimed at monitoring changes in ice and snow patches, locating any archaeological resources within them, and studying the present day ethnographic use of these places. This session is very rewarding, but is by far our most challenging option. Accessing ice patches requires days of horseback riding, and hiking up steep slopes.

Dates: August 18 - September 8, 2019 (tentative - to be confirmed soon)

Application

***Check back later - more information on this session coming soon!***