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.

 

Application

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.  

 

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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.

 

About PAHUAN

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.

 

Learning Objectives

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.

 

Location

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.

 

 

Coursework

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

 

Program Fees

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 Prietolead 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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Graduate Student
Email: toombshannah@ufl.edu


Education

  • Ph.D. Anthropology, In Progress
  • M.A. Anthropology, University of Florida, 2018
  • B.A. Anthropology, Penn State University, 2016
  • B.A. Spanish Language, Penn State University, 2016

Subfield

Cultural Anthropology

Latin American Studies (area of interest)


Chair

Dr. Catherine May Tucker


Research Interests

My major areas of study include sociocultural anthropology (economics, environment, development), applied anthropology, visual anthropology, material culture (particularly pottery) and indigenous rights with a focus on Latin America, particularly Honduras.

My dissertation research focuses on the impacts of socioeconomic change on indigenous tradition, particularly craft production, household decision-making, market access, gender roles, and environment within indigenous Lenca communities across western Honduras. Through a mixed methods approach, I explore how changing sociopolitical and environmental conditions impact the way indigenous groups perceive their traditional livelihoods and roles and how Lenca craft producers creatively adapt in the face of development to connect with a complex and changing national market.

I believe in linking research to action, and my goal is to create data, publications, and other research results that are accessible and applicable beyond academia, potentially informing policy-making and development practice in the future.


Selected Publications

 

 


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Paul & Polly Doughty Research Award, UF Department of Anthropology, April 2019
  • Boonstra Family Research Fellowship, UF Department of Anthropology, March 2019
  • UF Anthropology Poster Competition, 2nd Place Winner, December 2019
  • Department of Anthropology and Land Use and Environmental Change Institute Spring Travel Award, February 2019
  • UF Anthropology Poster Competition, 2nd Place Winner, April 2018
  • Grinter Fellowship, UF Department of Anthropology, August 2017
  • Ruegamer Scholarship, Bank of America, August 2017
  • Undergraduate Digital Publishing Award, Penn State Department of History, April 2016
  • Ceramic Studies Award, Penn State Department of Anthropology, March 2015

Graduate Student
Email: macarenamoraga@ufl.edu


Education

  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Florida, In Progress
  • M.A. Latin American Studies, University of Florida, 2016
  • B.A. Anthropology, University of North Florida, 2013

Subfield

Cultural Anthropology


Chair

Dr. Richard Kernaghan 


Research Interests

Macarena Moraga is a Fulbright Scholar and PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology and Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on transitional justice, memory of state violence in Brazil and Chile, ethnographies of archives, and the anthropology of the state.


Selected Publications

 

 


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

 Awards

  • O. Ruth McQuown Scholarship Supplementary Award for a Graduate Student at the University of Florida, 2019
  • Second Prize for an Outstanding Poster Presentation at the Latin American Studies Fieldwork Festival, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida, 2019
  • Charles Woods Thesis Award for Best Master’s Thesis, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida, 2016
  • Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS), Edward H. Moseley Award for Best Graduate Student Paper, March 12-15, 2015
  • Outstanding Anthropology Graduate, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, University of North Florida, April 2014
  • University of North Florida, Latin Honors: Summa Cum Laude (every semester), 2011-2013
  • President’s Honor Roll, University of North Florida, for outstanding academic performance, having achieved a 4.0 GPA (every semester), 2011-2013
  • Award for Outstanding Poster Presentation at the Fourth Annual Sociology and Anthropology Undergraduate Student Symposium at the University of North Florida, April 12  2013

Graduate School Fellowships

  • Graduate School Fellowship, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, 2017-2021
  •  Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, University of Florida, 2015-2016
  • Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), For advanced study of Brazilian Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June-August 2015
  • Academic Year Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), Spring 2015
  • Graduate Assistantship, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida , 2014

Research Grants 

  • Fulbright US Student Program (IIE), U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
  • Paul and Polly Doughty Research Award, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, 2019
  • Amaya Burns Award, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, 2018
  • Latin American Studies Field Research Grant, University of Florida, 2018
  • Latin American Studies Field Research Grant, University of Florida, 2015

 

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Graduate Student

Mailbox: Turlington Hall Rm 1112, PO Box 117305, Gainesville, FL 32611-7305
Email: csalazar@ufl.edu

Education

  • Ph.D.,
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Florida, 2014
  • B.A.,

Subfield

Cultural


Chair

Dr. Collings


Research Interests

Medical Anthropology, Public Health, Cultural Constructs of Aging, Latin America, North America


Selected Publications

 

 


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

 

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Graduate Student

Mailbox: Turlington Hall Rm 1112, PO Box 117305, Gainesville, FL 32611-7305
Email: eshe.lewis@ufl.edu

Education

  • Ph.D.,
  • M.A.,
  • B.A.,

Subfield

Cultural


Chair

Dr. Harrison


Research Interests

African Diaspora in the Americas, Latin America, Peru, Women’s Issues, Structural Violence, Race and Gender Inequality


Selected Publications

 

 


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

 

Photo of Jandy Gu

Graduate Student
Email: jandyagu@ufl.edu


Education

  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Florida, In Progress
  • M.A. Anthropology, University of Florida, 2014
  • B.A.

Subfield

Cultural Anthropology


Chair

Dr. Jusionyte


Research Interests

Graffiti and Street Art, Symbolic Boundaries and Transgression, Space and Place, Legitimacy and the State, Symbolic Anthropology and Aesthetics, Urban Anthropology, Legal Anthropology, Latin America, Brazil


Selected Publications

 

 


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

 

Photo of Hailey Duecker

Graduate Student
Email: hduecker@ufl.edu


Education

  • Ph.D.
  • M.A.
  • B.A.

Subfield

Biological Anthropology


Chair

Dr. Michael Warren


Research Interests

Skeletal Biology, Forensic Anthropology, Human Rights Violations in Latin America, Human Migration, Skeletal Indicators of Stress, Craniometric Variation


Selected Publications

 

 


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

 

Photo of Choeeta Chakrabarti

Graduate Student

Mailbox: Turlington Hall Rm 1112, PO Box 117305, Gainesville, FL 32611-7305
Email: choeeta@ufl.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida, 2018
  • M.A.,
  • B.A.,

Subfield

Cultural


Chair

Dr. Schmidt


Research Interests

Human Rights Practice and Violation in India, Latin America, and Africa; Human Rights Practice and Violation in Religions; Human Rights Violation in the Sri Lankan war; Islamic studies; Biological Anthropology/Forensic anthropology


Selected Publications

 

 


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

 

Graduate Student
Email: ajacacan@ufl.edu


Education

  • Ph.D. University of Florida, In Progress
  • M.A. University of Florida, 2017
  • B.A. Butler University, 2012

Subfield

Cultural Anthropology


Chair

Dr. Richard Kernaghan


Research Interests

Anthropology of the city, gentrification, urban development, legal anthropology, sensory ethnography, aesthetics, value, city branding, United States, Latin America, Miami, Florida


Selected Publications

 

 


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • James C. Waggoner Research Award, University of Florida Dept. of Anthropology, 2016
  • Polly and Paul Doughty Research Award, University of Florida Dept. of Anthropology, 2018

Photo of Deborah Andrews

Graduate Student

Mailbox: Turlington Hall Rm 1112, PO Box 117305, Gainesville, FL 32611-7305
Email: djandrews@ufl.edu

Education

  • Ph.D.,
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Florida, 2012
  • B.A.,

Subfield

Cultural Anthropology


Chair

Dr. Schmink

Dr. McCarty


Research Interests

Environmental Anthropology, Political and Historical Ecology, Ethnobiology, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Cognition, Memory, Law, Policy and Human Rights, Latin America, Caribbean, Southeast US


Selected Publications

 

 


Grants, Fellowships, and Awards