Next Field School Date
The University of Florida Department of Anthropology Field School in Peruvian Archaeology will be running in the Summer B 2020 Semester (2 July through 31 July 2020). This field school is open to non-UF students.
You can download the application here: UF Field School 2020 Application. Applications are due 20 March 2020 (first round) to Dr. Prieto at ogabriel.prietob [at] ufl.edu, with a secondary deadline of 10 April 2020 through the International Center’s Study Abroad application portal.
- Goals of the Course
- About PAHUAN
- Learning Objectives
- Coursework Requirements
- Program Fees
- About the Instructors
- For More Information
Goals of the Course
The field school provides students with instruction in archaeological excavation, analysis of artifactual and organic remains recovered from the sites, bioarchaeological methods, archaeological research design, and a general overview of Peruvian’s past. Students will participate in the excavation, surface collection, and mapping of a pre-columbian archaeological site located in the fishing village and beach resort of Huanchaco, 4 miles from the modern city of Trujillo on the North Coast of Peru. Students will also tour world-famous UNESCO sites, visit museums, and learn more about present Peruvian culture and world-famous cuisine—leading to a deeper appreciation for Perú and its rich history. The students will be part of a research project that has been funded by National Geographic Society, and featured in Archaeology Magazine, including the largest child and camelid sacrifice ever found archaeologically.
In addition, the students will get training in laboratory methods like processing and cleaning archaeological collections, storing archaeological objects and photographing archaeological materials. The lab work also includes workshops on the analysis of human, ceramic, and organic remains as well as a general introduction for the conservation of ancient textiles which are commonly found in Huanchaco. Finally, the program will include training in acquiring drone images and photogrammetric software to process this data. Through this fieldwork, labwork, talks, and site tours, students will gain an understanding of archaeological methodology in the field, field laboratory and a general overview of the archaeology of Peru and South America.
The field school is part of the Huanchaco Archaeological Program (Programa Arqueologico Huanchaco), directed by Dr. Gabriel Prieto since 2010. This project aims to understand the social dynamics and economic interactions of small-scale fishing communities along the South American Pacific Coast through a long-term perspective (la longue durée). The main focus is understanding paleoclimatic changes and patterns, past environmental conditions, and how humans interacted with their environment in response. Furthermore, this project considers the changes in fishing technology through time, as an approximation to understand how small scale communities effectively exploited the sea and its resources in the past. From a broader perspective, all these factors together are considered to evaluate the ideological and political aspects of maritime communities in Prehispanic times.
At the completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Excavate, map, and photograph archaeological features such as human burials, rooms (architecture), hearths, and trash deposits
- Document archaeological excavations by filling out excavation and feature forms
- Draw and describe profiles of archaeological deposits
- Draw architectural cross-sections
- Process artifacts and flotation samples
- Conduct basic analysis of ceramic artifacts, and faunal remains
- Explain the types of information that can be gained from various types of archaeological remains
- Basic knowledge on the conservation of ancient textiles.
The field school will be based in Huanchaco, a beautiful fishing village and beach resort just a few kilometers outside of Trujillo, a large city on the north coast of Peru. Students will live in a hostel, located nearby the archaeological site and will be provided with group meals seven days a week.
The course will consist of fieldwork, lab work, workshops, talks, group discussions, and site tours. Fieldwork will occur five days a week (M-F), and involve the excavation and mapping of an ancient cemetery and residential site occupied for more than 1,000 years (roughly 400 BC–850 AD) in Huanchaco. Students will participate in all the following activities on a rotating basis: At the site students will excavate, screen, and record structures, burials, and trash deposits; in the lab students will wash and analyze artifacts recovered from the investigations. Several workshops and special lectures will address bioarchaeology, artifacts, and conservation. Students will also gain a broad appreciation for the archaeology of the North Coast of Peru through site tours and talks. Every Saturday the instructor will conduct tours of local archaeological sites, including Chan Chan, Huaca de la Luna, El Brujo, and other major sites in the Chiclayo area. Sundays are unscheduled free time.
Spanish language experience is NOT required
The following prices include 3 meals daily, 7 days a week, in addition to site and museum entrances. Not included: airfare to and from Huanchaco (TRU), Sunday meals, laundry, & personal expenses.
9-Credit Option. Please contact Dr. Prieto and Jordi for more information concerning program costs.
About the Instructors
Dr. Gabriel Prieto: lead instructor and PI of PAHUAN
Jordi Rivera Prince: lead teaching assistant and bioarchaeologist
For More Information
Please contact Dr. Prieto (ogabriel.prietob [at] ufl.edu) and Jordi Rivera Prince (jriveraprince [at] ufl.edu) for more information regarding the 2020 field school.
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