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South America - Peru - Moche UNC-Chapel Hill Archaeological Field School in Peru - 2014

South America - Peru - Moche UNC-Chapel Hill Archaeological Field School in Peru - 2014

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
2014-03-01
Start Date 2014-07-02
End Date 2014-08-02



Archaeology Field School Location

Moche Valley, Huanchaco, Peru

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Academic Credit

6


Archaeology Field School Tuition

$4490


Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Included in tuition.


Archaeology Field School Travel
$1000
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Students are responsible for meals on Sundays (~$US20).

Archaeology Field School Description


Interested in spending a month in Peru excavating an ancient town?

Learn how to excavate ancient houses and how to analyze artifacts
Visit world-famous archaeological sites and learn about the prehistory of Peru
Tour the northern highlands of Peru and visit the historic town of Cajamarca
Earn 6 semester hours of UNC-Chapel Hill credit for Anthropology 453
No prerequisites. Spanish not required. Non-majors accepted.

The field school provides students with training in archaeological excavation and laboratory methods as well as instruction in the prehistory of Peru. The program begins with workshops on archaeological field and lab methods. After this, students work 5 days a week excavating noble and commoner households at the site of Quebrada Leon, an ancient Moche town located in the foothills of the Andes. Dating to AD 400–700, the site has well-preserved households containing Moche fineware pottery, stone tools, and metal objects. Through excavation, analysis, readings, and group discussions, we examine how ethnicity, class, and economic relationships are manifested in household remains. In addition, on Saturdays Dr. Brian Billman conducts tours of local museums and archaeological sites, including Chan Chan and Huaca de la Luna. The program includes a 3-day trip to the historic town of Cajamarca, high in the northern Andes of Peru.

In addition, MOCHE, Inc. seeks highly motivated interns for the MOCHE Rapid Response Crews. Crews are deployed to document and preserve endangered archaeological sites in the Moche Valley. Crews survey some of Peru’s most important archaeological sites and work with local communities to preserve those sites. Interns work long, hard hours with minimal supervision. Interns must be fast learners, flexible in outlook, dedicated, and work well in teams. A typical day involves extreme hikes to extraordinary archaeological sites over often dangerous trails in the foothills of the Andes. Applicants must be physically fit and mentally tough. The internship is a professional position, not a field school. Previous archaeological field experience or an archaeological field school is required.

The internship fee is $1,250 and covers basic lodging, meals 6 days a week, & training. Interns can add a group tour of Cuzco and Machu Picchu at the end of the internship. Scholarships available.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Prehistoric Moche culture


Time Period

AD 400-700


Field School Setting/Conditions

Quebrada Leon is located 40 minutes outside of Huanchaco. Students and staff will take a chartered bus daily to the site. It is located in a small village in the foothills of the Andes.


How is the project area accessed each day

Chartered bus daily.


What is the daily schedule for the field school

Monday-Friday 8am-3pm


Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
15
Is there a professional certification for this field school

N/A


Directors and Instructors

Dr. Brian Billman
Jesus Briceno


Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Excavation methods
Laboratory analysis and cataloging of artifacts
Community heritage and local outreach


On rain days will there be lab work?

Yes


Will there be additional organized activities?

On Saturdays Dr. Brian Billman conducts tours of local museums and archaeological sites, including Chan Chan and Huaca de la Luna. The program includes a 3-day trip to the historic town of Cajamarca, high in the northern Andes of Peru.


Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes.


Is travel restriced during free time?

No.



Other resources students will find useful

http://savethemoche.org

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website: http://www.savethemoche.org

Field School Contact Information



Claire Novotny
MOCHE Inc.
Department of Anthropology
UNC Chapel Hill
Alumni Bldg. CB#3115
Chapel Hill, NC.
27599



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Field School Contact Website: http://www.savethemoche.org


  
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