Location: Santa Marta, Colombia
Ciudad Perdida is one of the largest in a network of Tayrona sites, polities that inhabited the Sierra Nevada for more than a millennium and until contact with European (AD 200-1,600). Relationships between Ciudad Perdida and other sites are still unclear and this project is focused on clarifying temporal, cultural, political and economic connections within this network. The 2014 season is dedicated to mapping out flagstone paths leading in and out of the city, as well as shovel testing and conservation and reconstruction work on collapsed structures at the site. Stratigraphic details will be carefully recorded and artifacts buried in terrace fill recovered and cataloged as students learn survey, excavation and conservation techniques.
This field school is physically, intellectually and emotionally demanding. Students must hike three day in and out of the site in challenging terrain. While at Ciudad Perdida, students will live at the local research station in tropical jungle conditions with little electronic contact with the outside world. This program is for fit students only. Please think carefully before applying whether this program is for you.
Period(s) of Occupation: Formative and Colonial Periods
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full program
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.
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