El Campanario Archaeological Project. Huarmey - Peru

Location: Huarmey, Ancash, Peru

July 10, 2017 to August 11, 2017

Application Deadline: 
Friday, March 31, 2017

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Flyer: PDF icon application_2017.pdf

Program Type

Field school


Project Director:

Jose L. Pena, Ph.D. candidate

Project Description

The archaeological excavations at El Campanario site are focus in the study of domestic contexts in which craft specialization such as the production of pottery, textile, metal, and stone have been identified. Two successful field season (2015 and 2016) revealed that this site was occupied by the Casma Polity (700 – 1400 A.D.). Pottery sherds recovered from household show that people form El Campanario had access to cultural ideas from the Wari Polity (600 – 1000 A.D.). It is possible that El Campanario was occupied during the Middle Horizon in which Casma residents at this site incorporate Wari ceramic style into their own ceramic vessels.  The excavation of households at this site offer a unique opportunity to observe daily life aspects of the people and how they negotiate their identity while acquiring new cultural ideas through interregional exchange. 

This is a hand on project in which students will be involve in archaeological research (excavation and material analysis) during the five weeks program. During the fieldwork students will learn excavation methods, mapping, profile drawing, recognize cultural layers of occupation, recover and identify various archaeological material such as pottery, stone tools, textiles, animal bones, seeds, and sea shells. In addition, students will learn to recognize architectonic features such as walls, doorways, deposits, and kitchen. During the labwork students will learn artifact classification, botanical analysis, pottery analysis, textile analysis, and lithic analysis.



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

This project is oriented to understand the craft specialization and socio-economic organization of the Casma polity at the household level. This program includes fieldwork, material analysis, and visits to nearby archaeological sites. During weekends participant will have the opportunity to enjoy local Peruvian food on the countryside or the beach.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 5 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

What the cost include: pickup at Lima airport, accommodation in Lima and Huarmey, transportation from Lima to Huarmey and from Huarmey to the site, 3 meals a day for 6 days a week (5 weeks) in Huarmey, field trip to Caral (Supe Valley). 

What the cost does not include: Airfare, meals while in Lima, weekend meals in Huarmey, academic credits and travel insurance, and other personal expenses.

Living accommodations will be in the city of Huarmey, which is about a 20 minute drive to the El Campanario archaeological site.   

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 bathroom.


2.000 US dollars

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered Contact for details


Contact Information
Jose Pena
6607 Camden Bay Drive, Apt 107
813 391 7574