Coastal Ecuador Archaeology

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Location: Salango, M, EC

Season: June 22, 2019 to August 4, 2019

Session Dates: June 22, 2019 - August 4, 2019

Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field school

RPA Certified:

Florida Atlantic University

Project Director:
Valentina L. Martinez

Project Description:

The FAU field school attracts a diverse student body from universities and colleges in the U.S., Europe and South America.  The academic purpose of FAU’s field school is to train undergraduate and graduate students in archaeological methods, including human remains excavation and analysis. Students gain hands-on experience in anthropology through faculty-supervised research projects that are part of a research program that aims to understand the connections between the prehistoric past and present in terms of South American adaptations to coastal environments.  The area of interest is the Pacific coast of Southern Manabí Province, Ecuador. The region is characterized by deep and shallow bays, alluvial valleys, and coastal mountains.  Investigations focus on the systematic survey of alluvial valleys and on the excavation of coastal and inland sites.  Over the past 20 years, FAU has participated in creating a research infrastructure that few other American universities have in the international arena.  Over 200 students have been educated in this program, many of whom use this field program as their entry into the profession of anthropology.

Exavations in 2019 take place in the cloud forest environment of the community of Rio Blanco.

Period(s) of Occupation: Manteño

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 42 days

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
Housing is provided at the Salango Research Center, a compound with cabanas, kitchen, labs, and museum on premises.  The compound is on the beach in the village of Salango, Ecuador. Cost: $3442.00 - includes program cost, all in-country transportation, housing, and meals.

Academic Credit:
3 - 6 credits offered by Florida Atlantic University. Tuition is Consult Department of Anthropology. Out of state students can register for audit credit or regular credit..

Contact Information:

Valentina Martinez

Department of Anthropology, FAU

Boca Raton



Phone: 5612970991

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