With support from the Henry Luce Foundation, the American Center for Mongolian Studies has initiated a Cultural Heritage Program (CHP) that is being directed from its Ulaanbaatar office. This program will host several fellows each year in the area of cultural heritage in Mongolia. Researchers will support the documentation and preservation of both the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Inner Asia, with a focus on the people and geographic area that is now in the nation of Mongolia.

Dr. Julia Clark, a recent graduate from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, has been selected as the CHP coordinator. Dr. Clark has been conducting archaeological fieldwork in Mongolia annually since 2007 working primarily in Arkhangai, Bayan Ulgii, Hovsgol, and Uvs Aimags. She has been the director of the Northern Mongolia Archaeology Project (formerly the Targan Nuur Archaeology Project) in the Darkhad Depression, Hovsgol Aimag since 2011. Dr. Clark utilizes a variety of archaeological and ethnographic methods to investigate the introduction of food production and its effect on Mongolia and the surrounding regions, from the adoption of domesticated animals several millennia ago through the present. For more information on this program and upcoming cultural heritage projects, you can reach Julia at jclark@mongoliacenter.org.