Location: Ciudad Perdida , Colombia
The 2013 season will focus on survey work at three poorly understood sites located a short distance from the core area of Teyuna-Ciudad Perdida. Ciudad Perdida is one of the largest sites of the Tayrona polities that inhabited the Sierra Nevada for more than a millennia and until contact with European (A.D. 200 to A.D. 1600). Their role of these sites vis á vis the larger city is unclear, and work will begin by mapping out in detail the flagstone path connecting them to the core, as well as the surrounding topography and masonry structures located at these sites. Students will be shovel testing to determine the presence or absence of buried occupations from the earlier Neguanje period (A.D. 200-1,000). This will help us better understand the origins of these adjacent sites and their potential relationship to Ciudad Perdida. We will also conduct conservation work at a number of collapsed structures that need rebuilding in collaboration with the park's archaeological conservation team led by Catalina Bateman. Stratigraphic details will be carefully recorded and artifacts buried in terrace fill recovered and cataloged as students learn both survey and conservation techniques.
Period(s) of Occupation: Neguanje period, AD 200-1,000
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire duration of field school
Room and Board Arrangements
During the hike to Ciudad Perdida, we will be staying in the same lodges used by tourists. The first night you will sleep in a hammock. Lodges on the second night have bunk beds. Students will live in field housing located within the park itself. Conditions are basic, there is no hot water, and you will be sleeping on bunk beds, field cots, or mattresses placed on the floor. There are no private rooms. Power is provided by a small hydroelectric turbine and solar panels.
All meals will be communal events at the park kitchen and will provide plenty of food prepared by a local cook. The daily diet is based on rice, corn cakes, manioc, potatoes, plantains, lentils, beans, meat (salt beef, pork, and fish) and when available, vegetables and fruit juice. Vegetarians may attend but will find that vegetable and fruit availability will diminish as the season progresses and we use up our store of fresh produce. Vegan and kosher restrictions are impossible to accommodate in a remote location such as this one.
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.
Giraldo, Santiago. 2010. Lords of the Snowy Ranges: Politics, Place, and Landscape Transformation in Two Tairona Towns in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. Ph.D. diss., University of Chicago.