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  • Locations: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Program Cost:: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
Archaeology in Mongolia: Khanuy Valley Archaeology Project 2019

Investigate the roots of the First Steppe Empire of Mongolia through archaeological fieldwork in the famed Khanuy Valley region of northcentral Mongolia. Learn state of the art field methods and conduct hands-on work on Bronze and Iron Age sites with an international team of archaeologists who are investigating human-environment relationships and the development of complex societies in Inner Asia. Along the way, expose yourself to a radically different culture and way of life by living and working among Mongolian pastoral herders who make up one of the world's last remaining nomadic cultures.
Mongolia excavation

Jean-Luc Houle, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology
Western Kentucky University

Bayarsaikhan, Jamsranjav - National Museum of Mongolia
Tuvshinjargal, Tumurbaatar - National Museum of Mongolia


ANT 432 – Field Course in Archaeology

This archaeological research project and field school aims to investigate human-environment relationships and understand the nature of the social, political and economic organization of Bronze and Iron Age societies in the Khanuy Valley region of Mongolia through the use of landscape and settlement archaeology.
Located in the grasslands of northwestern Mongolia, the research area is dotted with impressive stone built burial and ritual sites dating to the Bronze and Iron Ages (second and first millennia BCE) and continues to be inhabited by horse-riding nomadic pastoralists who have maintained much of their traditional lifeways.
The 2019 field season will include excavation of habitation sites and ritual structures, as well as geoarchaeological and geophysical work. Participants will receive training in proper methods of unearthing and documenting materials, and other related field and lab methods (see Project Overview for details).

Mongolia horses

1. Students complete the Specific Field program application:  The deadline is January 15, 2019. 
2. If accepted, a full WKU study abroad application and deposit must be completed by February 1, 2019.  Click "Apply Now" above to begin the process.

Program leaders may determine stricter eligibility requirements, but at a minimum, all applicants earning credit in a program would meet these requirements:
  • Current WKU student eligible to enroll in WKU courses OR students from outside WKU may participate as non-degree seeking student,
  • Good academic standing as defined in the Undergraduate Catalog or Graduate Catalog,
  • A minimum of 18 years of age at time of departure,
  • No current disciplinary sanctions as verified by the WKU Office of Student Conduct
    • Students who become ineligible to attend the program after applying due to disciplinary sanctions will be subject to standard program cost penalty rates. Students are responsible for notifying the Office of Study Away when they become aware of this ineligibility. For eligibility questions pertaining to disciplinary sanctions, students should contact the WKU Office of Student Conduct.
  • Students must complete Study Abroad & Global Learning application process prior to being registered in this course. All students studying abroad are required to pay $150 SAGL application fee,
  • Students must select program on TopNet and pay $250 deposit to finalize admittance process,
  • Student must possess passport book valid for a least six (6) months after return date. 
  • Students must complete pre-departure orientations,
  • Full payment prior to departure, and
  • Permission of instructor(s) is required.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.