Dates June 25th - July 17th, 2016
is focused on three aspects of research and we follow different techniques in
the field and laboratory:
Archaeology: This part of the program involves
archaeological excavations in different types of structures in Huamparán; 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 (if the weather permits). Experience is not required.
program consists of survey in site with human remains and bone
identification in situ. The excavations takes place in Huamparán site.
Previous experience is not required to be able to participate in this program.
analysis of human remains from Marcajirca site and from surveys. 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
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. lab) 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 that area.
We will allow using data from our excavation for posters; expecting that
respective credit for supervisors and the director of the project is given.
Project Crew Members
Lic. Bebel Ibarra
in Ancash Archaeology and director of the program. Licentiate of San Marcos
University (Peru). Previous doctoral studies at University of Paris I Sorbonne;
research assistant it the Department of Anthropology at Tulane University.
Bebel is leading the Proyecto Arquelógico Huari-Ancash since 2004 and has
excavated several sites in the region, mainly sites dating AD 500-1500. He also
worked on documenting the Inca road and assisting in its preservation. Bebel
has published several books and articles about archaeology of the area. His
research is focused on Mortuary Practices in the North Highlands converging
Archaeological and Physical Anthropological approaches.
Development of Prehispanic
Architecture in the Central Andes of Peru: A review
of evolution of settlements in the Andes from hunter-gatherers to complex
architecture such as the Incas. This lecture will be complemented with a visit
to Inca site of Huaritambo and a visit to Reparin Lake.
Mortuary Practices in the
Andes: This lecture will ‘show’ how ancient Peruvian buried their dead in
different parts of the Peruvian Andes. The form of types of tombs and their
association with human remains in terms of status, rank, kinship and political
organization. This lecture will be complemented with a visit to the
archaeological site of Marcajirca.
Cranial Modification and
Isotope Analyses in the Study of Funeral Contexts: a review
of the practice in the Andes and an evaluation of possible reasons why it was
practiced. This lecture will be complemented with a lab class and with actual
modified skull collection for study.
Methodology: This lecture will explain the nature of
burial, examine the difference between original and intrusive context.
How to determine taphonomy processes that lead to misunderstanding of the
nature of burials.
Methods: This is a complement to the excavations that will be carried out in
Huamparan. We will prioritize explaining concepts such as: what is a registry
form, stratigraphic layer, use of measure scale in archaeological drawing and
will set up a grid for excavation (students will be taught and asked to set a
grid during the excavation).
Dr. Anne Titelbaum PhD.
Physical anthropologist who
specializes in human skeletal biology, paleopathology, and
bioarchaeology. PhD from Tulane University. Currently a postdoctoral
research associate at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix,
where she teaches clinical anatomy to medical, physician assistant,
physical therapy, and anthropology graduate students.
Anne’s primary research
area is Andean South America, with a focus on prehistoric populations of
coastal and highland Peru. Her research interests include pathology in
ancient skeletal remains, developmental anomalies, musculoskeletal
stress, trauma, and mortuary practices. Anne has participated with a
number of Peruvian archaeological projects, including the Proyecto
Arqueológico Huaca de La Luna, the Proyecto Arqueológico Complejo El Brujo, and
the Huaca Prieta Archaeological Project. She has worked with the
Proyecto Arqueológico Huari-Ancash since 2012, delivering lectures on
Andean bioarchaeology, teaching human osteology and skeletal analysis, and
conducting analysis in lab and field contexts.
Human Osteology: Lectures on bone identification and the importance of understanding of
the life-style of people in Archaeological time. This class is mostly
practical; students will work with large human remains collection the project
has recovered during the previous seasons; in addition to learning about human
skeletal morphology, they will learn about trauma, trepanations, and
developmental variations (premortem or postmortem). The lab will prioritize
bone recognition (type and sex).
Suggested reading: White,
T.D. and P.A. Folkens. 2005. The Human Bone Manual. Academic
Dr. Jason Nesbitt PhD.
Assistant Professor at
Tulane University. PhD from Yale University, specialist in Andean Archaeology
and complex societies during the formative period (ca 1000 – 200 BC) in the
Andes. He joined our team in 2014. Jason is carrying archaeological research in
the region of Huari, Ancash and Ayacucho.
Chavin and its Sphere of
Interaction During the Formative Period: This
lecture will be complemented with a visit to archaeological site of Chavin de
Huantar and a National Museum of Chavin.
Arql. Carlos Escobar Silva (Archaeologist) from San Marcos University, Lima. Carlos is
archaeological excavation supervisor, guides the students in all the process of
recording and drawing architecture and artifacts. Carlos joined the team
in 2004 and is the ‘original’ team member with extensive field experience.
Arql. Jhon Cruz Quiñones (Archaeologist) from Santiago Antunez de Mayolo University,
Huaraz. He is survey supervisor as well as participant in excavations
particularly when human remains are involved. Jhon joined the team in 2011.
Margarita Brikyte (Anthropology, CSULB) assists with project organization and is in
charge of correspondence with the participants throughout the year. She has
been with the project since 2008.
For further information and an application
forms please contact Margarita: email@example.com