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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

South America - Perú - Huari-Ancash Bio-Archaeological Research Project Field School 2016. Perú - 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2016-06-25
End Date 2016-07-17

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Tulane University

Archaeology Field School Description

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.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation

Directors and Instructors

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.

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.
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.

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