The Vitor Archaeological Project, Peru


Location: Vitor Valley, Peru

Season: 
Sunday, June 16, 2013 to Saturday, July 20, 2013

Session dates: 
Single session

Application Deadline: 
Monday, July 1, 2013

Program Type

Field school

Affiliation:

Institute for Field Research, University of Chicago, UCLA, Connecticut College

Project Director:

Dr. María Cecilia Lozada, University of Chicago, Dr. Hans Barnard, UCLA, Dr. Willeke Wendrich, UCLA, Lic. Augusto, Cardona Rosas, Centro de Investigaciones Arqueológicas Arequipa

Project Description

The Vitor Valley of Southern Peru exhibits a long history of human occupation. The most important archaeological complex is Millo 2, which includes ceremonial, residential, and mortuary components with significant evidence of Wari, Tiwanaku, and Inka presence. Through the study of these remains, the Vitor Archaeological Project focuses on the emergence of social complexity and human/environment interactions. Students will be trained in critical thinking and a wide range of archaeological research methodologies including: survey, and excavations of domestic, ceremonial, and mortuary contexts. Students will also spend time in the field lab studying, recording, and analyzing a wide range of archaeological artifacts.

Period(s) of Occupation: Middle Horizon, Wari, Huari

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire duration of field school

Minimum age: 
18 years old

Experience required: 
No prior experience required

Room and Board Arrangements

While in the field, students will live in a modest but comfortable field house. All participants will be expected to help keep the living spaces orderly and assist with daily tasks, which may include the preparation of meals and other activities necessary to have a successful field program.
Monday through Friday, meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are provided by the program in the field. Students are responsible for their weekend meals. Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have any special dietary needs. If you are a vegetarian, be aware that you may not have access to meals typically available in the USA. If necessary, students can purchase food at the local supermarkets in Arequipa.
All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious but basic food in the tradition of local cuisine. The daily diet in Peru is heavily based on rice, corn, potatoes and meat. Specialized diets (vegan, kosher, etc.) are difficult to maintain in this location. Vegetarians may attend but will find options fairly limited.  
Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs, as well as any medical or physical conditions. We will advise you accordingly. The project is used to catering for vegetarians, those with gluten intolerance etc.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Connecticut College
Number of credits offered 8 semester credit units
Tuition: 
$4,800

Location

Contact Information
Ran Boytner
1855 Industrial Street Unit 106
Los Angeles
CA
United States
90021
Recommended Bibliography: 

Barnard, Hans, Benjamin T. Nigra, and Kym F. Faull
2012 The Development of a Chemical Analytical Method to Identify Molecular Residues of Schinus molle. Poster presented at the 40th Annual Midwest Conference on Andean and Amazonian Archaeology and Ethnohistory in the Field Museum of Natural History. Chicago, IL.

Cardona, R. Augusto, and Ran Boytner
2010 Más Allá de la Frontera: Nuevas Evidencias de Interacción Tiwanaky y Wari en el Valle de Vitor. Arequipa. Paper presented at the SAA 75th Annual Meeting in St. Louis.  MO.

Cardona, R. Augusto, María Cecilia Lozada, and Hans Barnard
2012 The Vitor Valley: A New Window to the Prehistory of the South Central Andes Paper presented at the 40th Annual Midwest Conference on Andean and Amazonian Archaeology and Ethnohistory in the Field Museum of Natural History. Chicago. IL.

Hackner, Stacy, María Cecilia Lozada and Augusto Cardona
2011 Us and Them: Molle and Maize Beer in the Prehistoric Andes. Paper presented at the SAA 76th Annual Meeting in Sacramento. CA.

Lozada, María Cecilia
2010 Mortuary Landscapes in the Vitor Valley of Southern Perú. Paper presented at the SAA 75th Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO.

Nigra, Benjamin T., Hans Barnard and Rodolfo Talavera
2010 Structural Patterning at Millo II in the Southern Huari Periphery. Paper presented at the SAA 75th Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO.

Nigra, Benjamin T., and Augusto Cardona
2012 Directing Traffic: A Survey of Space and Movement in Middle Horizon Vitor Peru. Poster presented at the 40th Annual Midwest Conference on Andean and Amazonian Archaeology and Ethnohistory in the Field Museum of Natural History. Chicago, IL.

Robinson, Evan; M. C. Lozada and Willeke Wendrich
2012 An Archaeological and Ethnohistorical Approach to the Colonial Wine Industry in the Vitor Valley. Poster presented at the 40th Annual Midwest Conference on Andean and Amazonian Archaeology and Ethnohistory in the Field Museum of Natural History. Chicago, IL.

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