The Mon-Sol Project
Under this project, sixteen field surveys and excavations have been conducted at five historical sites, including the Xiongnu tombs in Duurlig Nars, Mongolia. The findings from the Mon-Sol Project have profound academic significance. The Xiongnu tombs in Duurlig Nars, have been recognized as representative Mongolian tombs.
Findings have been disclosed to the public in the form of several exhibitions, including the special exhibition, "Korean-Mongolian Joint Expedition in Mongolia", and the themed exhibition, "Duurlig Nars". The project has also produced ten reports and source books, starting from the expedition report: Uglugchingol Site, Mongolia.
The current Mon-Sol Project involves expeditions at the Goa Tov site in Tuv Aimag, which is 120 km from Ulan Bator. The Goa Tov site came into the spotlight when building foundations from the Xiongnu period were discovered for the first time in the area. This discovery is significant because it provided data to compare Xiongnu historical sites to the historical sites of ancient China. Investigation at the Goa Tov site will continue until the end of this year.
The Mon-Sol project awaits the signing of the fifth joint expedition agreement. The fifth agreement is expected look back at the achievements made through the project over the last 20 years, and find a direction for the project’s future.
|1st||1997 - 1998||Field survey||Selenga River and Kherlen River basins, Uglugchingol|
|1999||Excavation||Khirigssur, Hostin Bolag||
Published Report on Korean-Mongolian Joint Expedition in Mongolia I: Uglugchingol Site, Mongolia
|2000||Excavation||Ancient tombs at Morin Tolgoi|
|2001||Excavation||Ancient tombs at Hodgin Tolgoi||
Published Research Report on Korean-Mongolian Joint Expedition in Mongolia II: Xiongnu Tombs at Morin Tolgoi, Mongolia.
|2nd||2002||Field survey||Xiongnu tombs in East Mongolia||
Held the special exhibition, Korean-Mongolian Joint Expedition in Mongolia, and published a catalog.
|2003||Academic investigation||Buddhist art in Mongolia||
Published Research Report on Korean-Mongolian Joint Expedition in Mongolia III: Xiongnu Tombs at Hosgin Tolgoi, Mongolia.
|2004 - 2005||Held symposiums
(Field survey not conducted because of
the relocation of the National Museum to Yongsan)
Published Research Report on Korean-Mongolian Joint Expedition in Mongolia IV: Findings from Investigations on Mongolia, 2002-2004
Held a Mon-Sol joint symposium (2004-2005) (Outcomes of joint investigations and the future of the project)
|3rd||2006 - 2010||Excavation||Xiongnu tombs at Duurlig Nars||
Published Xiongnu Tombs in Mongolia (2008)
Held a Mon-Sol international symposium (2008)
Held the special exhibition, Duurlig Nars, and published a catalog
Published Research Report on Korean–Mongolian Joint Expedition in Mongolia V: Xiongnu Tombs in Duurlig Nars Ⅰ(2011)
|4th||2011 - 2015||Field survey excavation||Xiongnu Sites at Goa Tov||
Launched the themed exhibition, Korea–Mongolia Expedition (2013)
Published Research Report on Korean-Mongolian Joint Expedition in Mongolia V: Xiongnu Tombs in Duurlig Nars Ⅱ (2014)