Monday, October 19, 2015

Application Process Summer 2016

Dates June  25th - July 17th, 2016

 The project 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.
Bio-archaeology: This 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.

Laboratory:  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 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. 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
Archaeologist specializing 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.
Bebel’s Lectures:
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.
Funeral Archaeology 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.
Archaeological Field 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 Press, Boston.
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:

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Bio-Archaeological Work 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Random photos season 2015

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Last Field work season

Friday, October 10, 2014

Random Photos from 2014 season

Monday, September 23, 2013

Archaeological Work in Marcajirca 2013

Archaeological work: Excavations near  Huanca
Archaeological work: Excavations in Sector C

Archaeological Work: Sector F. 
Archaeological work: Topography in the Amphitheater 
Archaeological work: Setting-up the Total Station

Bioarchaeological work: Excavation in Chullpas

Bioarchaeological work: Bone inventory

Bioarchaeological Work: Teaching to identify small bones

Bioarchaeological work: Sketching human remains in chullpas

Bioarchaeological work: Sketching human remains in chullpas

Lab Work: Analyzing human remains 
La Work: Last verification of Inventory 

Lab Work: Identifying Traumas, pathologies ans stress marks

Lab Work: Osteometric