Proyecto Arqueológico Zuleta

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Location: Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador

Season: July 18, 2022 to August 20, 2022

Deadline Type: Contact for Details


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Institute for Field Research

Project Director:
Will Pratt

Project Description:

Hacienda Zuleta is a colonial-era hacienda nestled in a beautiful scenic valley in the eastern cordillera of the Andes in northern highland Ecuador with an extensive and storied history dating back before the arrival of the Spanish in 1532. The hacienda is home to one of the largest pre-Columbian earthen mound and pyramid sites built by the Cara people starting around 900 A.D. Abandoned just before the Inka conquered the region in the late 1400s, it was eventually reoccupied by the Spanish. Originally founded by a religious order, the hacienda became the private estate of two very popular 20th century presidents of the Republic of Ecuador. Still owned by the Plaza family, Zuleta is today one of Ecuador’s most famous creameries and the site of a conservancy dedicated to the protection of the endangered Andean condor. The Proyecto Arqueológico Zuleta (PAZ) field school team is a group of international and Ecuadorian researchers studying the early life and occupation history of the hacienda and associated mound site including the late prehistoric volcanic impacts on the site and its ancient agricultural systems, its cultural development and social hierarchy, its place in the resistance to the Inka conquest, and the reasons for its eventual abandonment. Students at PAZ will receive a culturally immersive field school experience at one of the most ecologically and historically unique sites in Ecuador and be trained in Andean cultural history, scientific and archaeological theory, and research design as well as archaeological, geoarchaeological, and paleoecological excavation and sampling techniques.

Period(s) of Occupation: Ecuadorian Prehistory; Integration Period; Inka; European Contact; 800 AD-1600 AD

Archaeology; Geoarchaeology; Paleoecology

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
The cost of room and board is included in the price of the field school.

Academic Credit:
8 credit hours through Connecticut College

Contact Information:

Will Pratt

305 E. 23rd Street, RPL 3.306




United States

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