Nasca & Wari Textile Conservation, Peru – Institute for Field Research

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Location: Arequipa, Peru

Season: June 28, 2020 to July 25, 2020

Application Deadline: April 3, 2020

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Institute for Field Research, Connecticut College, University of Chicago and Field Museum, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru

Project Director:
Dr. María Cecilia Lozada, MA. Jessica Lévy

Project Description:

This field school aims to analyze and preventatively conserve a collection of Pre-Columbian textiles recovered in 2012 and 2014 during the Vitor Archaeological Project (VAP) in Arequipa, Peru. This collection derives from systematic excavations of the La Ramada culture influenced by both Nasca and Wari traditions in the south coast. After theoretical and practical training, students will be actively involved in preliminary conservation treatments and the analysis of organic material, principally textiles garments and feather works. From a multidisciplinary perspective, students will have the opportunity to learn different aspects of Nasca, Wari, and local material culture, with a special focus on production techniques, iconographic representation and worldview. While the focus of this field school is the analysis of textiles, an important overarching goal is for participants to learn about the nature of the expansion of Nasca and Wari outside their respective nuclear areas, and how this impacted local cultural traditions.

Period(s) of Occupation: Objects Conservation, Pre-Columbian

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Participants are required to stay for the full duration of the field school.

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: No prior experience is required to participate in this field school.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Students and staff will stay in a rented house in the city of Arequipa known for its rich cultural heritage and unique cuisine. Mattresses will be provided for students to sleep. Laboratory facilities will be in the same house. A cook will prepare meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner during working days (M-F). The project will not be able to accommodate vegetarians or students with special diets. Students will explore local restaurants during their free days at their own expense.

Academic Credit:
8 Semester Credit credits offered by Connecticut College. Tuition is $4,255

Contact Information:

Institute for Field Research

2999 Overland Ave. Suite 103

Los Angeles




Phone: 424-209-1173

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