CONTISUYO ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL IN PERU
June 10 – July 25, 2016
Learn archaeological excavation and laboratory analysis techniques in the Andean foothills of southern Peru. This season, the field school will excavate a village near the Wari imperial outpost of Cerro Baúl. The Wari Empire (AD 600-1000) conquered Moquegua and we will be looking at the groups who lived in the region before the Wari invasion to understand what changes Wari brought to the area. How did local people cope with these changes? You will be part of the team who will try to answer this question.
The Contisuyo Archaeological Field School is sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Florida, Chicago’s Field Museum, and the Contisuyo Museum in Moquegua, Peru. Students who participate in the excavation projects will learn a wide array of archaeological investigation techniques, visit other archaeological sites in the region, and experience the rich local culture of Moquegua, Peru.
Students must have an overall GPA of 2.8 with at least one previous course in anthropology or archaeology. Students should be in good health and sufficient physical condition to hike daily for 30 minutes with a day pack. Spanish skills are preferred, but not required. A limited number of scholarships are available for this program.
We will be excavating at the site of Las Peñas to understand the perspective of local people who were incorporated into the Wari Empire. This view will be ours as we excavate this summer. On a weekend excursion we will visit Cerro Baúl, a Wari citadel located on the large mesa in the background.
The program costs $3400 and includes room, board, local transportation, and excursions. Housing is provided in a rented house in the colonial town of Moquegua, founded in the 16th century by Spanish conquistadors on the site of an Inca town. Breakfast is served family style at the field house and dinner will be eaten at restaurants in Moquegua. The field house will include an archaeological laboratory and living quarters. Students will live dormitory style with 2 to 3 people per room and a shared bath.
Students will receive credit for ATY 478 and ATY 479 for a total of six hours.
Contact Dr. Donna Nash of the Anthropology Department for additional details on this program: firstname.lastname@example.org