Rio Loco Rock Art Archaeological Project

This listing expired on July 31, 2018. Please contact for any updated information.

Location: Moro, AN, PE

Season: August 13, 2018 to September 17, 2018

Session Dates: Field season 1: August 13th to 27th; Field season 2: September 3rd to 17th

Application Deadline: July 31, 2018

Deadline Type: Contact for details


Program Type:
Field school, Volunteer

RPA Certified:

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia; Universidad de Alcalá, Spain; PUNKU - centro de investigación andina, Perú

Project Director:
Alexander Herrera Wassilowski, Ph.D.; Carmen Pérez Maestro, Ph.D.c.

Project Description:

This study of rock art archaeology in the Rio Loco basin of the Nepeña Valley (Ancash region, Peru) focuses on the development of landscapes produced by past societies and the roles that places with rock art played in them. As well as producing knowledge on the rock art though non-invasive techniques based on digital photography, field surveys and excavations. The project will work with local communities to develop strategies for the conservation of rock art sites and the surrounding natural landscape. The project also seeks to recover oral traditions, contribute to the affirmation of local identities and promote the custody of rock art sites in the face of anthropogenic and environmental threats.

Period(s) of Occupation: Preceramic, Formative (Chavin), Early Intermediate (Moche), Middle Horizon through Chimú

Field sites with rock art stand at the juncture of the coastal Nepeña Valley and the cordillera Negra highlands. We will work closely with local campesino communities, to promote the conservation of a rich archaeological heritage. Modern, clean and secure accommodation with beautiful common spaces and gardens will be provided in Moro, the district capital. We will visit the Archaeological Museum of Andean Technologies and attractive Nepeña Valley archaeological and cultural sites.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 15 days

Minimum Age: 20

Experience Required: No experience is required

Room and Board Arrangements:
We will live in a comfortable hostel in Moro town, with shared bedrooms and beautiful common spaces (living room with sofas, tv, table games and library, dinning room and patio with garden). The hostel has a fully equipped kitchen and laundry. Free wifi. It´s possible that the menu can be flexible to accomodate various dietary needs. Cost: Cost per field season: $1000 Includes: Transport Lima - Moro (return) Full board accommodation in a comfortable hostel (3 meals a day for 15 days) Archaeological instruction and supplies Entrance fees and transportation to museum and archaeological site visits. Not included: Traveler Medical Insurance (It´s a requirement for the stay).

Contact Information:

Carmen Pérez Maestro

Calle 11 nº 2-35



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