Archaeological Expedition to the Valley of Kings

Photo by Ilya Melnikov
Photo by Ilya Melnikov

In the summer of 2018, the international archaeological and geographical expedition to study Tunnug Mound will take place in the Republic of Tyva. 

The list of participants in the 2018 expedition is available here. 

Tunnug Mound is located in the Uyuk flood plain in the Uyuk Basin in the Republic of Tuva. Early indications suggest that this burial refers to the same time as the Arzhaan-1 mound, the largest and earliest Scythian mound (dated around 9th century BC). 

Researchers will get a unique chance to search for ancient historical finds in the territory of excavations, the so-called “Valley of Kings”. There are many Scythian princely tombs located here, and the territory is considered rich in significant historical finds.


Photo by volunteers of RGS expeditions
Photo by volunteers of RGS expeditions

In addition to excavations, the team will be able to enjoy an interesting program of cultural activities: lectures by archaeologists of the Institute of the Material Culture History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, sports events, thematic days, and visits to museums in Tuva.

Timeline of the expedition:  
1 shift: June 1 – June 30, 2018

2 shift: July 1 – July 31, 2018

3 shift: August 1 – August 31, 2018