The Chincha Valley Archaeological Project, Peru

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Students excavating on the slopes of the main pyramid at Chincha.
Excavation unit at the pyramid.Excavation units at the domestic area of Chincha.
Slopes of the main pyramid.Excavating domestic area at Chincha.

Location: Chincha Valley, Peru

Season Dates: June 30, 2013 - August 3, 2013
Session Dates: Single session
Application Deadline: July 1, 2013


Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: Institute for Field Research, UCLA, Universidad Mayor de San Marcos, Connecticut College

Project Director: Dr. Charles Stanish, UCLA, Dr. Henry Tantaleán, Universidad Mayor de San Marcos, Mr. Benjamin Nigra, UCLA

Project Description

The Paracas culture of southern Peru is famous for its spectacular art and depictions of human trophy heads. In this project we will explore the nature of violence in Paracas culture to determine if it is a type of ritually confined elite competition or if it was war for political and economic ends. We also explore interregional exchange and mobility between the coast, mid-valley and highland ecological zones to illuminate the rich exchanges of goods, peoples, and ideas over long distances. Working with a number of experts from the Universidad Mayor San Marcos from Lima (Peru), students will gain a rich experience in excavations, mapping, laboratory work and analytical techniques.

Period(s) of Occupation: Paracas Culture

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

Students will live in comfortable, but modest housing in the village of El Carmen. Conditions at the field house are basic and students should expect shared accommodations.
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 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

Contact Information
Ran Boytner
1855 Industrial Street Unit 106
Los Angeles, CA 90021
United States

Recommended Bibliography

Arkush, Elizabeth and Charles Stanish. 2005 "Interpreting conflict in the ancient Andes: Implications for the archaeology of warfare." Current Anthropology 46(1):3-28.

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