Байкальский Археологический Проект

Archaeology Field Work

BAP will not be running a field school or accepting volunteers for summer 2009

General Information

webphoto00b.jpg (13078 bytes) Beginning in 1997, the University of Alberta (Canada), in conjunction with Irkutsk State University (Russia), has accepted ten undergraduate students each year to participate in an archaeology field school in Siberia, Russia. Between 1997-2003, we operated successful field schools in mortuary archaeology, excavating a number of prehistoric mortuary sites along the shores of Lake Baikal. As of last year, the Baikal Archaeology Project (BAP) is focusing on the examination of hunter-gatherer habitation sites. During the summer of 2007, the BAP will continue to excavate Sagan Zaba II, a prehistoric habitation site located on the western shore of Lake Baikal.

While we will not be offering a formal field school during the summer of 2007, we would like to extend an invitation to interested volunteers to assist in our excavations at Lake Baikal. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the skills associated with the archaeological excavation of habitation sites including topographic survey, drawing, photography, as well as the identification, removal and curation of archaeological material. In addition, students will experience the warmth and hospitality of Russia's unique culture through daily contact with Russian university students and archaeologists. Post secondary students may be able to arrange course credit for their participation.

Join us this summer and experience archaeology in one of the most extraordinary mysterious places on earth – Siberia!

Where is Lake Baikal?

Lake Baikal is located in eastern Siberia, Russia. The lake is the largest in the world by volume, and also the deepest (approx. 1.6 km in the center). It is also the world’s oldest lake, having existed for approximately 25 million years. The Sagan Zaba II site is located approximately 150 km east-northeast of the city of Irkutsk, in a small bay on the west coast of the lake. This bay consists of a small, deep valley bounded by rock cliffs on either side. The area around the site consists of a lakeside beach, the valley floor, and surrounding woodland.

Location of Lake Baikal

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