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Teyuna-Ciudad Perdida Archaeological Project

Location: Santa Marta, Colombia

June 20, 2014 to July 20, 2014

Session dates: 
Single session

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, June 7, 2014

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Global Heritage Fund & the Institute for Field Research

Project Director:

Dr. Santiago Giraldo, Global Heritage Fund

Project Description

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

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full program

Minimum age: 
Students must be 18 years old

Experience required: 
No previous experience is required

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 room and board costs are included in tuition

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Connecticut College
Number of credits offered 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units)


Contact Information
Institute for Field Research
1855 Industrial St. #106
Los Angeles
424 226-6130
Recommended Bibliography: 

Bray, Warwick. 2003. "Gold, Stone and Ideology: Symbols of Power in the Tairona Tradition." In Gold and Power in Ancient Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia, Jeffrey Quilter and John W. Hoopes. 301-344.  Washington, D.C: Dumbarton Oaks.

Cavelier, J., Aide, T.M., Santos, C., Eusse, A.M., and Dupuy, J.M. 1998. "The Savannization of Moist Forests in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia." Journal of Biogeography 25, 5 (Sep. 1998): 901-912.

Dever, Alejandro. 2007. Social and Economic Development of a Specialized Community in Chengue, Parque Tairona, Colombia. PhD diss., University of Pittsburgh. .

Edelman, Marc and Haugerud, Angelique. 2005. The Anthropology of Development and Globalization: From Classical Political Economy to Contemporary Neoliberalism. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. Chapter 1 and Selected Chapters.

Feilden, Bernard. 1994. "Introduction to Architectural Conservation." In Conservation of Historic Buildings. Elsevier. U.K. Eppich, Rand (Ed). 2007. Recording, Documentation and Information Management for the Conservation of Heritage Places. The Getty Conservation Institute. Los Angeles, California.

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. .

-----2009. Teyuna-Ciudad Perdida Archaeological Park Guidebook. Bogotá: Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia.

Krogzemis, James R. 1967. A Historical geography of the Santa Marta Area, Colombia. PhD diss., University of California, Berkeley.