Location: Chincha Valley, Peru
Season Dates: June 30, 2013 - August 3, 2013
Session Dates: Single session
Application Deadline: July 1, 2013
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
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.
Name of institution offering credit: Connecticut College
Number of credits offered: 8 semester credit units
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Arkush, Elizabeth and Charles Stanish. 2005 "Interpreting conflict in the ancient Andes: Implications for the archaeology of warfare." Current Anthropology 46(1):3-28.