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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

South America - Peru - Vitor Field School - 2015

The Vitor Archaeological Project is a comprehensive, longitudinal study of the lower Vitor Valley, approximately 40 kilometers west of the modern city of Arequipa. This is a multi-disciplinary project with strong field, laboratory, and bioarchaeological components. The project is focused primarily on the Early Intermediate and Middle Horizon occupation periods of the valley, with a strong emphasis on the Millo site complex. We have already identified extensive Wari influence and possible presence at Vitor, including a D-shaped temple and significant quantities of Wari-influenced ceramics. In 2015, students will begin new excavations at the D-shaped temple. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the mortuary excavations of a local tradition known as Ramadas. Significant time will be dedicated to laboratory analysis of materials excavated from the temple and cemetery and for their conservation.

South America - Peru- Chincha Field School - 2015

The Paracas culture of coastal Peru is known for its exquisite art. It is also known for explicit presentation of violence, in particular, trophy head iconography on textiles and ceramics. At the same time, the Paracas peoples constructed some of the earliest monumental architecture on the Peruvian south coast – enormous adobe platform mounds rising more than 10 meters above the alluvial plain. This confluence of organized violence and the construction of monumental ritual structures make Paracas one of the best case studies for the study of early complex societies in Peru. For the 2015 season, this field school will focus on two major Paracas mound sites at the Chincha Valley: Cerro del Gentil and Huaca Soto. Through careful excavation and analysis of recovered material culture, students will study the nature of conflict and cooperation that characterized the Paracas society and examine issues of violence, coordinated action, and social complexity.

South America- Colombia- Ciudad Perdida Field School- 2014

Ciudad Perdida is one of the largest in a network of Tayrona sites, polities that inhabited the Sierra Nevada for more than a millennium and until the European contact (CE 200-1,600). Relationships between Ciudad Perdida and other sites are still unclear and this project is focused on clarifying temporal, cultural, political and economic connections within this network. The 2014 season is dedicated to mapping out flagstone paths leading in and out of the city, as well as shovel testing, conservation and reconstruction work on collapsed structures at the site. Stratigraphic details will be carefully recorded and artifacts buried in terrace fill recovered and cataloged as students learn survey, excavation and conservation techniques.
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