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The Huari Archaeological Project, Peru

Location: Ayacucho Valley, Peru

July 21, 2013 to August 24, 2013

Session dates: 
Single session

Application Deadline: 
Monday, July 1, 2013

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Institute for Field Research, MacEwan University, University of Calgary, Connecticut College

Project Director:

Dr. Ran Boytner, Institute for Field Research, Dr. Lidio Valdez, MacEwan University, Mr. Danny Zborover, University of Calgary

Project Description

The archaeological site of Huari is located near the modern city of Ayacucho and it is one of the largest archaeological sites in western South America. Huari was probably the capital city of the Wari Empire, a pan-Andean polity that flourished during the Middle Horizon Period (ca. A.D. 500-1,050).  Huari had been excavated in a limited fashion and as a result we still poorly understand its function as a city and its role as the Wari Empire capital. The project will focus on excavations at the Sankay Corral sector, a hill overlooking Huari and a potential location for the city gates and the main water canal feeding into the city.

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

During the week, students will reside and work at a field house located at the village of Quinoa, just up the road from Huari. The field house is rustic but comfortable and students should expect to share quarters with peers and project staff. Student duties will include cleaning and chores related to the proper maintenance of the field house, its equipment, facilities, and laboratories. 
During the initial phase of the project and weekends, students will travel to Ayacucho, a modern and lovely colonial town that is the largest urban center of the valley. Students will stay at a local hotel (TBA) and may experience the bit of a modern Peruvian urban center lifestyle of the hinterland.
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. Vegetarian 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


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