Help survey, chart, and plan for a major archaeological dig on a site that encompasses 6,000 years of human habitation.
Ikh Nart Nature Reserve in Mongolia is home to the remains of thousands of years of human activities. We need to know the kinds of archaeological sites, their locations, and their characteristics in order to develop a plan for conserving these fascinating remnants of human history.
The scientists have logged sites ranging from the New Stone Age (Neolithic) period about 6,000 years ago, an era marked by the domestication of herd animals, to sites from the Tibetan Buddhist period, from around the 13th century AD to 1937. Chronologically in between these are Bronze Age, Iron Age, Turkic, and Mongolian Empire sites.
The project has recorded burial features, structures, rock art, living sites, a stone tool quarry and workshop, and Buddhist monastery communities. It has also documented an array of artifacts: stone and metal arrowheads; ceramic vessel fragments from all periods; metal containers; horse trappings; a variety of stone cutting, piercing, and scraping tools; grinding implements; and metal tools and decorative items.
Help survey, chart, and plan for a major archaeological dig.
The project has already recorded 70 sites that will be registered at the Mongolian Institute of Archaeology in Ulaanbaatar, and it has found and noted the GPS locations of many more. As an Earthwatch volunteer, you’ll help the scientists investigate and mark some of these for preservation.