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2018 Pan de Azucar de Nepeña Archaeological Project

Location: Nepeña, Ancash, Peru

June 2, 2018 to July 29, 2018

Session dates: 
Session 1: June 2 - July 1 Session 2: June 30 - July 29 (Session 1 is full. Session 2 has one spot open currently!!)

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Program Type


RPA certified


Project Director:

Jenna Hurtubise (Ph.D student at the University of Alabama)

Project Description

This season marks the second season of the Pan de Azucár de Nepeña Project! Pan de Azucár is a Casma site located in the Nepeña Valley and consists of a fortified adobe stepped platform that is surrounded by 14 mounds as well as a large necropolis. The goal of the project is to understand how the Casma (a local group) responded during the Chimú conquest during the 14th century through examining architecture, ceramics, burial practices, and skeletal analysis. During this season you will get the chance to discover elite Casma and Chimú material culture and architecture through excavations in the mounds. You will also get the experience of excavating in a looted cemetery where you will get the chance to excavate human remains. Back in the laboratory you will also gain knowledge in ceramic and skeletal analysis.

We will be staying in a nice house in the small town of Nepeña, where we are only 30 minutes away from the city of Chimbote. You will get the chance to experience Peruvian culture and their wonderful cuisine. On weekends we will be going on field trips, including one overnight stay at the beach town Huanchaco where we will visit the amazing sites of Chan Chan and Huacas de Moche.

If you are interested please contact Jenna Hurtubise for the application and liability waiver.

Period(s) of Occupation: Middle Horizon and Late Intermediate Period

This project allows you to excavate elite architecture and uncover elite Casma and Chimu material culture from monumental mounds as well as excavate in a cemetery. You will also get the experience of excavating burials and analyzing human remains.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
No experience is required.

Room and Board Arrangements

We will be living in a house where students will share bedrooms. There will be a kitchen equipped with a refrigerator and stove. There also will be bathrooms with showers and hot water.

$3000 This covers all in country travel, accommodations, food (not on Sundays), and field trips (including a field trip to go see Chan Chan and Huacas de Moche). It does not cover your flight to Peru.

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered Credits are offered but are OPTIONAL. Please contact Jenna Hurtubise for more information if you are interested in receiving credit.


Contact Information
Jenna Hurtubise
Department of Anthropology The University of Alabama Box 870210
United States
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