The Russian Geographical Society would like to encourage everyone to enter a contest for participation in the expedition “Secrets of Ancient Artists of Siberia” and the Paleolithic expedition of Kostenki, and also it continues to accept submissions to the “Akra, an ancient city of Bosporus” expedition.
Secrets of Ancient Artists of Siberia
This expedition will take place July 5 – August 3, 2018 in the Republic of Khakassia. Volunteers aged 18-30 may apply. They will explore the archaeological sites of the Okunev culture.
The Okunev archaeological culture of Southern Siberia (XXV–XVIII centuries BC – the Early Bronze) was defined as an independent one in the 70s of the last century. Manifestations of its heritage are very diverse: expressive paintings on rocks, special stelas, probably depicting deities, and numerous small plastic items, often found in burials.
Members of the expedition will live in the field. All the necessary equipment is provided by the organizers: tents, sleeping bags, generators, photographic equipment, etc. The organizers will cover the costs of food and accommodation. Travel from the place of residence to the place of the expedition and back is also paid.
Paleolithic expedition of Kostenki
The Paleolithic expedition of Kostenki will take place July 10 – August 10, 2018 in the Voronezh region. We would like to encourage everyone aged 18-35 to enter an international contest for participation in this expedition. Winners will take part in archaeological excavations of monuments of the Upper Paleolithic, located not far from to the world-famous Museum-reserve "Kostenki".
The Paleolithic age is the longest period of the Stone Age. It is traditionally divided into lower and upper. The Upper Paleolithic (40 thousand-12 thousand years ago) is an archaeological era associated with the activities of modern man, Homo sapiens. This period is characterized by improvement of stone working techniques, widespread use of bone as a raw material, development of housing construction, and emergence of various forms of art.
Volunteers will explore ancient houses built from mammoth bones, and will also witness the opening of cultural layers aged from 30 to 40 thousand years. Moreove, the program of the expedition will include lectures on archeology of the Upper Paleolithic and a tour of the Museum-reserve "Kostenki".
Members of the expedition will live tents. Electricity, running water, summer shower, gas stove, mobile communication and the Internet will be provided. There is a regular bus to Voronezh.
Organizer will provide food and accommodation at no cost. Transportation from Moscow to the site of research and back will be provided for foreign citizens.
Akra, an ancient city of Bosporus
The expedition “Akra, an ancient city of Bosporus” will take place in Crimea from 1 to 31 July. We invite everyone aged 18 to 35 with skills of underwater works
The ancient city of Akra is located not far from the village of Naberezhnoe (Leninsky district, the Republic of Crimea) and was founded by natives of Nymphaeum or Panticapaeum at the end of the 6th century BC. The city was a part of the Bosporus Kingdom until the beginning of the 4th century. For its thousand-year history, Akra has undergone significant natural impacts due to its geographic location. Today, the city is almost completely hidden by the waters of the Black Sea, with the exception of the western sector.
Members of the expedition will explore the underwater part of the ancient city of Akra on the bottom of the Black Sea with help of special equipment. The program of the project will also include lectures by leading experts in the field of ancient history. Young researchers will learn about the Black Sea region and will tour sights of interest in Kerch and Feodosia.
To enter the expedition it is necessary to have a diver certificate and insurance certificate. Moreover, volunteers must have the following equipment: a diving suit, a mask, fins and a tube.
Organizers, in their turn, will provide food and accommodation at no cost. Transportation from Moscow to the site of research and back will be provided for foreign citizens.
Applications are accepted until May 13, 2018. For more information, see these Rules.