El Campanario Archaeological Project. Huarmey - Peru

Location: Huarmey, Peru

June 1, 2015 to June 26, 2015

Program Type


Project Director:

Jose L. Pena, PhD student

Project Description

The focus of this research is to understand the consequences of the imperialism for non-elite people in the north coast of Peru during the Middle Horizon (600-1000 A.D.). This research will conduct archaeological excavation at the site of El Campanario, located in the Huarmey Valley (North Coast of Peru). The site contain a urban area which will provide answers about the impact of imperial control to non-elite people and the way that local, political and economical organizations were transformed under a centralized authority.    

This project will offer students five weeks of archaeological fieldwork at El Campanario site. The site is located 1 km northeast of the modern city of Huarmey (north coast of Peru). The site contained mud-brick (adobe) structures which are clear from the surface. These structures form compounds that might be related to familiar units or specialized areas which constituted part of the urban area. Unfortunately no archaeological excavation has been performed in this site and the information about its architectonical distribution and planning is still unclear. In addition, elevated platform have been identified at the site, and they probably were used for ceremonial purposes. The pottery found in the surface show that the site was occupied during the Middle Horizon.

Student participating in this project will receive training in survey methods, artifact classification, mapping, excavation, profile drawing, material analysis and curation.


Period(s) of Occupation: Middle Horizon (600 - 1000 A.D.)

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Living accommodations will be in the city of Huarmey, which is about a 20 minute drive to the El Campanario archaeological site.   All meals will be provided for during the five weeks in Huarmey, which will allow students to experience the rich Peruvian cuisine.    

Be advised that living accommodations will be basic in that the locale will have running water and electricity; internet connectivity may not be guaranteed but there are ample internet cafes located throughout the city of Huarmey.   Students will have to most likely have to share room and bath.


Academic Credit

Number of credits offered No academic credits at this time
180 - 200 dollars per week


Contact Information
Jose Pena
4880 BayHeron Place apt 202
813 391 7574