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Faculty Led - Archaeological Field School in Peru
Moquegua, Peru (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer (Faculty-Led)
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Areas of study: Archaeology
Program Description:
Program Description:


Program Dates: June 9 – July 22, 2018
Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

Program Cost: $3,200
$400 **Nonrefundable** Deposit Deadline: January 13, 2018
$1,400 Payment Deadline: February 23, 2018
$1,400 Payment or Proof of Sufficient Financial Aid Deadline: March 30, 2018
Program cost includes: cost of instruction by UNCG and other program faculty, room, board, local transportation, and excursions.
Program cost does NOT include: airfare (approx. $1,300) and spending money.


Program Overview

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.  

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. 

Course Overview
Students will receive credit for two courses: ATY 479: Analysis of Archaeological Data (3 credits) and ATY 453: Human Osteology (3 credits). These classes are significant for graduates with an anthropology or archaeology degree that wish to work in Cultural Resource Management or attend graduate school to study archaeology or forensics. Since such experiences are vital to an archaeological career, ATY 479 may be repeated for credit.


Prospective program applicants 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.

Students with leftover financial aid eligibility from fall and spring may be eligible to apply for summer aid to supplement their program. Students should still be prepared to make the deposit, middle program payment, and flight arrangements out-of-pocket, with financial aid to serve as a potential reimbursement. The third and final program payment can be deferred if there is a sufficient award on the way to cover it. Please contact your financial aid advisor with questions on your individual aid award.


Activities Overview

Over the course of the summer, students will be immersed in research. In the first days of the program, participants will tour the regional museum, Museo Contisuto. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays students will work in the lab from 8:00 am to 5:00, with an hour break for lunch. Field trips will be scheduled on Wednesdays, followed by an evening lecture. No activities are scheduled on Sundays. Students may work on their independent research projects of explore the many monuments in historic Moquegua. In addition, students will be exposed to Peruvian cuisine and folk dance (an annual competition is held between villages in July and sponsored by Museo Contisuyo).

Program Directors
Dr. Donna Nash is an Assistant Professor of Archaeology at UNCG. She led students to Peru for lab schools in 2013 and 2014 and excavation field schools in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Her research interests include: State Development and Imperial Expansion; The Wari Civilization of Andean Peru (AD 500-1000); Power and Political Economy; Gender, Ethnicity, and Specialization; Ancient Technology; and Household Archaeology.

Emily Schach is an experienced teaching associate currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University. She served as a TA for the Archaeological Field School in Peru in 2011, 2015, and 2017.

For more information, please contact Dr. Donna Nash (


UNCG reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format, or to change costs in case of conditions beyond its control.

In general, the $400.00 program deposit is not refundable unless the student's application is rejected. If the student withdraws from a study abroad program after applying to the program but prior to the start date of the program, the student will be refunded the program cost, excluding the deposit and any portion of the program cost which is unrecoverable. Even if the student has not yet paid the full program balance, he or she is obligated to pay the Department for any unrecoverable expenses incurred on the student's behalf. If a student withdraws from a study abroad program after the program officially begins, no money will be refunded. If a program is canceled, the Department will refund any recoverable cost. Because full refunds are often not possible, students may wish to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance. 

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