Archaeology of Mongolia – 2020
The annual conference on Archaeology of Mongolia 2020 is dedicated to the 800th anniversary of Kharkhorum, the capital city of the Mongol Empire.
The conference will be held online.
This year we celebrate the 800th anniversary of the establishment of the ancient capital city of the Mongol Empire, Kharkhorum. As the pandemic restricts most public activities and travels worldwide, everyone who respects and cherishes ancient history, culture, and tradition is making their best efforts to celebrate this anniversary during this challenging time. However, I am delighted to inform you that our annual conference, “Archaeology of Mongolia 2020”, will be held virtually.
Although almost all of the international projects have been cancelled due to the pandemic, Mongolian archaeologists were able to conduct both academic and CRM projects throughout Mongolia. Over 80 researchers from 20 different institutions worked in as many as 30 soums of 17 provinces. The results of this work will be presented in 28 papers on the day of this conference. I believe every research project has its own unique scientific approach to meet their research goals. Each paper discussed in our annual meetings is significant in its own right and represents an innovative effort to further progress in archaeological science.
From the edited volume of the conference, it will be made clear that every project accomplished their tasks and produced intriguing results. Some of the projects include: the exploration of hominids in the Altai Tavan Bogd; the discovery of additional Munkhkhairkhan type burials at Biluugiin Gol in Khyargas soum, Uvs province; the excavation of Early Iron Age burials containing unique artifacts in Battsengel soum, Arkhangai province; the discovery and excavation of the royal palace of the Xiongnu at Khargany Gol; research on the post Xiongnu societies in Khentii province; the excavation of aristocratic burials in Darkhadyn Khotgor; the study of the 17th century monastery of Sardagiin Khiid; and the excavations at Sum Tolgoi.
Several projects were also carried out to improve conservation and preservation in cultural heritage. These efforts involved the collaboration of archaeologists with state organizations and private institutions to promote the importance of the conservation of intangible cultural heritage to the public, the improvement to the current archaeological database, as well as the creation of risk management policy.
We are all dealing with difficult times, but I am proud to present the achievements of my fellow archaeologists who worked hard to conduct fieldwork and publish several books and articles this year. I think no one will argue if I say that we, the archaeologists, made this hardship into an opportunity.
I wish you all the best in your academic career,
Association of Mongolian Archaeologists
The conference date:
Monday December 28, at 10.00 am.
Please use this following Zoom link to enter the conference: