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Cosma Archaeological Project, Caceres District, Peru

Location: Cosma, Department of Ancash, Peru

June 14, 2015 to July 24, 2015

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, March 1, 2015

Deadline Type: 

Flyer: PDF icon cosma_field_school_flyer2015.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified


Project Director:

Kimberly Munro & Jeisen Navarro

Project Description

The Cosma Archaeological Project will take place during the summer of 2015. Currently scheduled for 6 weeks, starting on June 24th, the field project will include excavations, artifact and lab analysis, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mapping tutorials.

The 2015 field season will be our second, and will expand on our 2014 excavations at the larger mound of Karecoto (Figure 1), and the smaller mound of Ashipucoto (Figure 2). Test excavations will also be placed on the ridge-top occupation and third mound known as Kunka (Figure 3).

The focus of the 2015 season will also including total station mapping of the Cosma site complex. Field project costs, not including credits will be $2500 per person. These costs will include your room and board while in Peru, as well as all travel within Peru associated with the Field Project.

Because of Cosma’s geographic location and relative isolation, and the accommodations and living conditions within the community, applicant space is limited. Applicants must be in good health, and willing and able to hike long distances in extreme weather conditions (particularly high heat) in high altitude.

Please email for more information, and be sure to include “Cosma Field Project” in the subject line.

Period(s) of Occupation: Early Horizon/Final Formative (900-1BC)

Multi-storied platform mounds, underground galleries, GIS Ceremonial architecture and Religious monumentality

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

We will be staying in a house rented out within the community. Food will be provided/cooked for us by a hospedaje run out of the community, so breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided while on the project. Snacks will be availble to purchase through one of the small stores in town, which sells sodas, chips, and cookies if you feel like snacks in between meals. There is currently no running water in the rental house, so the rooming situation will be similar to camping. Participants will need to bring their sleeping bags, and the project will provide mattresses to sleep on for further insulation. Rooming will most likely be co-ed. Clean water will either be purchased and broguht in,  or a filtration system will be utilized to provide daily drinking water. Cosma does have electricity, so lighting will not be an issue, however cell signal and internet are non existent. Your time in Cosma will be spent "off the grid" so to speak. Please email for any more questions you may have about living conditions.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Louisiana State University - Independent Study Option
Number of credits offered 3-6


Contact Information
Kimberly Munro
424 Saint Rose Ave
Baton Rouge
Recommended Bibliography: 

Burger, RIchard, 1995. Chavin and the Origins of Andean Civilization. Thames & Hudson Press

Moseley, Michael, 2001. The Incas and Their Ancestors: The Archaeology of Peru.

Proulx, Donald, 1993. "The Nepeña Valley Survey: A Retrospective View," in Ela’ Qua: Essays in Honor of Richard B. Woodbury, edited by Dorothy Krass, R. Brooke Thomas and John W. Cole, Pp. 225-236. Department of Anthropology Research Reports, No. 28. Amherst: Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts

Silverman, Elaine, 2004. Andean Archaeology. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing