We will have two field-school sessions in two
different sites during the 2014 summer season:
Session 01- Biorchaeology in Marcajirca June 05-26
Session 02- Archaeology in Huamparan July 06 -29
Session 01: The bio-archaeological
project is focused on three aspects of research and we follow different
techniques in the field and laboratory:
This program consists of excavation of human
remains and bone identification in situ. The excavations takes place in
Marcajirca site. Previous experience is not required
to be able to
participate in this program.
part of the program involves archaeological excavations in different types of
structures in Marcajirca; our goal is for the student to learn to identify
stratigraphic layers, be able to fully fill out an excavation form, and improve
archaeological drawing. We will examine different material recovered during
present and past seasons (ex.pottery, lithics). Some short surveys will be considered
in the areas surrounding Marcajirca(if the weather permits). Experience is
Laboratory: analysis of human remains from Marcajirca site.
The bone analyses are performed in order to obtain biological data from the remains
recovered by students themselves during the current season or from previous excavations.
All the participants
in the team will rotate between different parts of research so that everyone
gets to try everything. However, based on progress and skill for determined areas
(ex. chullpa) if a participant chooses to work only in one area, it will be considered,
keeping in mind that the number of students is manageable by a supervisor for
The project encourages
students, particularly graduates, to “run” their own research, express ideas for
possible thesis projects. We will allow using data from Marcajirca expecting
that respective credit for supervisors and the director of the project is
given. Many students have prepared posters, thesis and have attended events with
Session 02: Archaeology and Survey
This program involves
excavations in Huamparan site and survey in areas around Huari and Royal Inka
Road that runs through the region. Experience is not required
Spanish is recommended but not required. The excavation in Huamparán is a large
open dig, with multiple structures and extremely interesting and complex stratigraphy.
It would be very didactic for students willing to learn identifying different layers
and excavation techniques. This is an intense session, physically demanding but
rewarding with every layer uncovered and rock pulled out.
The program will combine
excavation, lab. analysis and survey during the 3 weeks and all participants
will be involved in every part of the program. The survey part will involve visiting possible sites, digging of test pits and recording of ceramic sherds and/ or architecture if found.
June 5 –
June 5: Meeting in Huaraz museum (morning).
June 6: Travel Huaraz
Lectures and Bone work practice in Huari Lab.house.
June 9-24: camping and working in Marcajirca.
June 25: Visit Chavin de Huantar.
June 26: Travel Huari -Huaraz-Lima.
July 6: Meeting in Huaraz museum (morning).
July 7: Travel Huaraz-Huari.
July 7-8: Lectures and preparatory work in Huari Lab. House.
July 9-26: Excavations and survey, camping in
July 27: Visit Chavin de Huantar.
July 28: Peruvian Independence Day celebrated with
special lunch and events in Huari.
July 29: Huari- Huaraz-Lima.
Students may apply to both sessions but need to
contact us in advance to make arrangements and discounts.
Participants are encouraged to propose research
subjects, both for thesis or reports.
For further information and an application please contact Margarita: firstname.lastname@example.org