Joan Schneider, PhD

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Joan Schneider, PhD2017-07-27T23:35:00+00:00

Joan Schneider, PhD


The Archaeology of the Mongolian Steppe is the pioneering archaeological investigation in this protected area that contains endangered species of wildlife. The project has been ongoing since 2010. The archaeological team is composed of USA and Mongolian archaeologists aided by Earthwatch volunteers. The team has completed random sample archaeological inventory, recorded over 150 sites ranging from “Neolithic” through Buddhist periods and of 17 site types. Our current research focus is the period of transition between hunter-gatherer life ways and the inception of nomadic pastoral society. We are continuing survey and conducting excavation in pre-Bronze Age and early Bronze Age sites.



  • Earthwatch Institute project: Archaeology of the Mongolian Steppe
  • Ikh Nart Nature Reserve, Dornogovi Province
  • Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Sister Park of Ikh Nart Nature Reserve)
  • California State Parks
  • San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Highland, CA
  • University of Texas, Austin, Department of Anthropology, Laboratory for Environmental Archaeology (Co-PI)
  • Mongolian Conservation Coalition


  • Archaeology
  • Ikh Nart
  • Cultural Heritage Preservation
  • Transition to Pastoral Nomadism

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