The Khanuy Valley Project on Early Nomadic Pastoralism

Arkhangai Aimag, Mongolia

Map of Mongolia
Map of Mongolia showing the northern province of Hovsgol Aimag

Background

The Khanuy Valley, located in the north-central province of Arkhangai Aimag just south of Hovsgol, is being investigated by a team under the direction of Dr. Francis Allard (Indiana University of Pennsylvania). Since 2001, the field work has included surface and subsurface surveys, paleoenvironmental work, an ethnographic study, and excavations of Bronze Age khirigsuur sites, as well as an important Xiongnu period cemetery at Golmod2. The Xiongnu were Central Asian nomadic people who dominated portions of China and Mongolia between the 3rd century BC and 2nd century AD. An arc of small satellite tombs, associated with a large royal burial, have yielded wood and gilded iron coffin components, iron and bronze objects, some with associated textile fragments, horse burials as well as human remains. These finds prompted the project's request for assistance from ACP conservators during their Mongolia field work period.

2005 Field Season

Rae Beaubien and Vicky Karas joined the Khanuy Valley Project for a week in mid-July to assist with the field recovery and stabilization of several fragile materials. These were packed for transport, along with other excavated finds, for storage and subsequent study at the Institute of History in Ulaanbaatar.