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Location: Casma, Peru

Season: May 20, 2023 to June 20, 2023

Application Deadline: March 1, 2023

Deadline Type: Exact Date


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Project Director:
David Pacifico

Project Description:

The Cerro Sechín Field School will take place in Peru from May 22 to June 25, 2023. It includes 31 days of archaeological field research at the site of Cerro Sechín in Peru’s Casma River valley. Archaeological research will take place within the Proyecto de Investigación Arqueológico Sechín (hereafter, “the Project”) sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Yaguar Institución Cultural Deportivo del Peru and directed by Licenciada Mónica Suárez and Dr. David Pacifico. As part of the field school students will have the opportunity to visit multiple archaeological sites and to participate in field research at Cerro Sechín. Field research at that site is divided into two components: excavations at the Formative Period Temple of Cerro Sechín; and noninvasive methods at the surrounding later-period sites located on the mountain of Cerro Sechín. Students will also participate in 3 site cleanups and community dinners. If possible, we will visit a complementary archaeological site while in Lima and en route to Casma.

Period(s) of Occupation: Formative period, Peru; Late Intermediate Period, Peru.

This field school provides portable, marketable skill and content learning opportunities for students interested in a wide range of disciplines, majors, and graduate programs including Archaeology, Art History, Anthropology, Latin American Studies (CLACS/LACUSL), History, Geography, GIS, Heritage and Museum Studies, Architecture and related fields. We limit the group to 12 students to ensure a high student/supervisor ratio. We have a great location, good amenities, and a well-structured curriculum in experiential learning. There is no language requirement and there are no prerequisites. Students from any university are welcome. Students will be fully emersed in Peruvian culture and language for the entirety of the program. We will work with local experts, residents, businesses, and cultural institutions to complete our work studying the ancient residents of the area and their ways of life. Students will have about 450 hours of direct contact learning either through structured instruction, supervised practice, or immersive interactions in a provincial Peruvian city and its premier archaeological site. This field school is offered for 6 credits and financial aid is available.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No experience required

Room and Board Arrangements:
5,350.00. Airfare not included.

Academic Credit:
6 credits

Contact Information:

David Pacifico

3203 N Downer Ave, Art History, MH151




United States

Phone: (414) 251-6926

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