2022 PIAPAN Archaeological Project

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Location: Nepeña, AN, PE

Season: June 4, 2022 to July 30, 2022

Session Dates: Session 1: June 4 - July 2 Session 2: July 2 - July 30 (We are filling up fast! We have some more spots for both sessions!)

Application Deadline: April 1, 2022

Deadline Type: Exact Date


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Institute for Field Research University of Alabama Pre Colombian Art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Connecticut College

Project Director:
Jenna Hurtubise (Ph.D Candidate at the University of Alabama) Dr. Erell Hubert (Pre Colombian Art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts)

Project Description:

This marks the third season of the Pan de Azucár de Nepeña Project! Pan de Azucár de Nepeña is located in the Nepeña Valley on the Peruvian North Coast. The site was occupied during the Middle Horizon (AD 700-1000) and Late Intermediate Period (AD 1000-1400) by the prehispanic culture, the Casma. The site consists of a large fortified hill that is topped with an adobe stepped platform and is surounded by 13 mounds, several cemeteries and a spanning necropolis. The necropolis covers the adjacent Early Horizon (800 – 0BC) ruins of Caylán. Around AD 1350, the Casma at Pan de Azucár de Nepeña were conquered by the Chimú, a large militaristic state society that was centralized further up the coast in the Moche Valley. Research at other Casma settlements show differential experiences between the Casma and Chimú, from abandonment to resistance. Based on the two previous field seasons (2017 and 2018) it is clear the Casma culturally persisted despite conquest. The goal of this project is further investigate the site to understand the Casma occupation and their interaction with the Chimú over time. Excavations will take place on the mounds, which have buried elite architecture in them and in one of the cemeteries. During this season you will get the chance to discover elite Casma and Chimú material culture and architecture, and gain experience in excavating disturbed human remains. You will also gain experience in the laboratory conducting basic botanical, faunal, ceramic, and skeletal analysis.

We will be staying in a nice house in the small town of Nepeña, where we are only 30 minutes away from the city of Chimbote. You will get the chance to experience Peruvian culture and their wonderful cuisine. On weekends we will be going on field trips, including one overnight stay at the beach town Huanchaco where we will visit the amazing sites of Chan Chan and Huacas de Moche.

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Applications are now open and spots are filling up fast!

Period(s) of Occupation: Middle Horizon and Late Intermediate Period

This project allows you to excavate elite architecture and uncover elite Casma and Chimu material culture from monumental mounds as well as excavate in a cemetery. You will gain excavation experience and knowledge in basic botanical, faunal, ceramic, and skeletal analysis. 

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No experience is required.

Room and Board Arrangements:
We will be living in a house where students will share bedrooms. There will be a kitchen equipped with a refrigerator and stove. There also will be bathrooms with showers and hot water. Cost: $3870 This covers all in country travel, accommodations, food (not on Sundays), and field trips (including a field trip to go see Chan Chan and Huacas de Moche). It does not cover your flight to Peru.

Academic Credit:
Yes (6 semester credit units). There is an option to not take the field school for credits and you receive a $300 discount

Contact Information:

Jenna Hurtubise

Department of Anthropology The University of Alabama Box 870210




United States

Phone: 2255726804

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