archaeological fieldwork

Archaeological fieldwork




General Information

Archeological fieldwork is an AUCA sponsored practical training which enables students of Anthropology Department to participate in the real field excavations conducted around Kyrgyzstan and other Central Asian countries.

If you would like to participate in this fieldwork please contact Aida Abdykanova, Associate Professor of Anthropology Department or come to the room 315.

Fieldwork usually is done during summer-time, either in June or August and comprises intensive 2-week program.



To participate in Archaeological fieldwork applicants must be full-time students of Anthropology Department, AUCA, with personal interest in Archaeology science. Students from other departments and program of AUCA can take this practicum, if space is avalaible.

Fieldwork might be taken without any prerequisites, however it is recommended to pass Intro to Archaeology and Physical Anthropology courses as they will help in better understanding of the whole scientific process.



Archaeological fieldwork consists of: site measurement, levelling, digging, drawing, sampling, basic site description, cataloguing of findings and further laboratory analysis. Students take part in all the activities as well as learn to live in outdoor conditions.

After the completion of the Archaeological Fieldwork all participants are required to make a joint presentation to the community and submit reports along with their field-diaries. Additionally, Anthropology Department welcomes a fan activity of presenting best photos from the fieldwork and organizes annual exhibition.  


In order to get a credits for the fieldwork, participants have to follow the rules:




Be on time!

Be irresponsible

Keep Archaeological Diary

Leave the fieldwork/camp on your own and without prior notification of your adviser

Be active during excavations


Participate at outdoor lectures


Submit reports if necessary


Present results to the community



Additional Options


To the individuals:

Anthropology Department welcomes other interested candidates to take part in annual excavations. However, all expenses in this case shall be taken by the participant him/herself.


To the universities:

Anthropology Department of AUCA welcomes a wide opportunity for other universities to make joint excavations or have exchange students in this sphere. However this will depend on specific circumstances approved by the adviser as well as on the funding opportunities.

If you have an intention to join us during summer or want to know more information please contact us.



Along with Professors of Anthropology Department, students have options to publish about their experiences during fieldwork in different university sources as “The Star” student newspaper, “AUCA Magazine” or take part in annual anthropological conference in AUCA and other universities.

This shall be considered as the first real research and publication which is vital for future scientific career development of a student, so participants shall take this opportunity seriously.  


Sites Visited:

Aigyrzhal 2 2016

Kensai 2015

Aigyrzhal 2 2014

Aigyrzhal 2 2013

Semetei Grotto 2012

Semetei Grotto 2011

Ak Olon 2010

Situated in not far from the Issyk-Kul Lake, Ak Olon bears a status of Kyrgyzstan’s most famous Paleolithic workshop where generations of ancient people were making stone tools. The excavations were conducted in two sets during June and August of 2010 when numerous artifacts were collected for further proceeding in lab.

Kalmak Tash 2009

Kazakhstan 2008

Uzbekistan 2008

Georgievski Bugor 2008

Tosor 2007



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