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> PUC's Field School 07: Archaeology, Ethnobobany and others

> Paul Goldstein y Río Muerto 2007

> Field School June 07: Bioarchaeology and Archeoastronomy, R. Benfer

> Field School 07: Sta. Rita, Archaeology and Bioarchaeology, J. Kent

> Field School June 07: Archaeological Textile Studies in Peru, G. Katterman




Instructor: Robert A. Benfer (benferr @ Graduate Assistant Instructor: Keith Chan (kccnp7 @

General Information and Prerequisites: There will be two sections of a field school offered in the summer of 2007 in and around Lima. Earlier field schools were quite successful (see Students can register for one or both sessions. It is possible to obtain credit through the University of Missouri-Columbia. However, enrollment is not a requirement for attending the schools. All lectures will be in English. There is no language requirement, but participants will enjoy greater independence if they study at least a little Spanish before we pick you up at the airport. Peruvian students like to practice English; in previous field schools, foreign students have learned quite a bit of Spanish through friendships with Peruvians.

Session 1 participants are required to have had a course introduction to physical anthropology, human osteology, or forensic anthropology (human identification) and will be expected to have studied Bioarchaeology, by Clark Spencer Larson, before arrival in Lima. Session 2 participants are required to have had a course in archaeology, astronomy, or surveying.

Field fees of $2,400 for each field school will include lodging, food (except for Sunday in Lima), transfers, and all entry fees for visits to museums and sites. Lodging in Lima has cable TV (see picture above); lodging in the field is clean but lacks electricity. Participants are responsible for airfares and personal and medical expenses. Two letters of recommendation are required. Students will arrive two-three days before beginning of field school; lodging and food will be furnished for up to three days before and after the field school. Application must be received by March 1, 2007. Final date for request for enrollment is March 23, 2007. A $500 non-returnable deposit (sorry, University regulations) will be required by that date with the remainder of the field school fee ($1900) due by April 1.

Details for Session 1: Bioarchaeology (June 1-29, 2007) - Lima, Perú (participation limited to 12): We will study the lives of Archaic period families from Paloma, Perú (4,700 - 6,700 B.P.) through their human remains. Pairs of participants will study the human remains of a family from a single domestic structure. Habitual activities will be reconstructed from muscle marking and form of skeletal elements. Family success will be measured by the demography, indicators of childhood and adult growth, and other features. Each family will be compared with the broader context of the complete Paloma data set. Each participant will be assigned a specific research project for which she or he will write a brief paper the last week. The best papers may be translated and published in Lima.One hour of lecture on bioarchaeology and 6 hours of laboratory investigation of human skeletal materials Monday - Thursday will take place in Benfer's laboratories across the street from the hostel. On Fridays, we will visit other collections and archaeological sites, including Buena Vista, described below. For further information, visit these websites: The Paloma site (Early Villages) and field school requirements and enrollment details (Field School after Feb. 1).

Details for Session 2: Archaeoastronomy (July 2 - August 3, 2007); Buena Vista, Chillón Valley, north of Lima, Perú (participation limited to 10)The first week will involve lectures on archaeoastronomy and training in mapping at the archaeological site of Buena Vista, in the Chillón valley. This exciting site has recently been acknowledged as an important astronomical center by Discover magazine, National Geographic, and Archaeology magazine, among other publications. We will stay in the field near the site when we are not in Lima. Subsequent weeks will be spent by teams of participants investigating additional points of references to add to the alignments known for the Late Preceramic sites of Buena Vista and El Paraíso. These two settlements have the oldest set of multiple astronomical alignments in the Americas.We will also conduct original archaeoastronomical research at other nearby sites in the Chillón valley.Please visit this site for more information including Application forms and more details about the 2007 schools: Coordinators and Contact Information: Instructor: Robert A. Benfer (benferr @ Graduate Assistant Instructor: Keith Chan (kccnp7 @

NOTE: The final date for request for enrollment for either or both sessions is March 23, 2007. A $500 non-returnable deposit will be required by that date with the remainder of the field school fee ($1900) due by April 1. Students may enroll for between 1-6 hours (which satisfies the "Methods" requirements for MU undergraduates); current fees are $353/hour for in-state UG.



THE PROJECT: Metropolitan State College of Denver (MSCD) and the California Institute for Peruvian Studies (CIPS) are offering interested persons the opportunity to participate in the Summer, 2007 Field Expedition to Northern Peru for work at the Santa Rita B archaeological site. The MSCD/CIPS project is in its ninth season of research.

The project is structured as a field school in archaeology and biological anthropology. Credit is optional, and up to six semester credits are available for those wishing college credit. No previous experience is required, simply the desire to participate in a scientific research project in conjunction with other U.S. and Peruvian team members. Spanish is not required, but it certainly doesn't hurt to know some.

THE SITE: The Santa Rita B Archaeological Site is located in northern coastal Peru in the Chao River Valley, about 25km inland and at an elevation of 360m above mean sea level. Occupations range from approximately 1000B.C. through the 16th century A.D.

In 2007, the focus will be on the excavation of sacrificial offerings and a possible ritual platform along with house floors and craft areas. Biological anthropology work includes skeletal inventory, analyses of skeletal material for cause of death, determination of age and sex and preliminary assessment of pathologies.

DATES: Participation in the archaeological field school is for three or six weeks from June 28, 2007 through either July 20 or August 13, 2007.

COLLEGE CREDIT AVAILABLE: Participants may elect to receive up to six credits for participation. However, credit is optional.

$2,450.00 (which includes a $250.00, non-refundable deposit) for three weeks and $2,850.00 for six. Payment covers housing at the research center; meals six days a week at the research center (beverages separate); transportation to/from the site; general archaeological field gear, research equipment and supplies; preparatory materials including details on the project's objectives, a recommended readings list, and any project updates; pre-departure lectures (for those in Denver only); lectures and seminars in the field; suggestions for packing; and, any current travel advisories. Not included are: R.T. travel costs from U.S. city to Trujillo, Peru; taxes and departure fees; passports; immunizations; personal gear; health insurance (proof of coverage is required); and, if applicable, college tuition (check with college on cost). Because the project is conducted under the auspices of the California Institute for Peruvian Studies (CIPS), a not-for-profit scientific and educational organization, part or all of the participant's costs may be tax deductible. DEADLINES: A completed questionnaire and $250 deposit (made out to MSCD if seeking credit, otherwise to CIPS) due by February 24, 2007. CONTACT: For questionnaire, sending applications, deposit, payment, or for any additional information, contact Dr. Jonathan D. Kent, Campus Box 28, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO 80217-3362. Telephone: (303) 556-2933; Fax: (303) 556-5360; e-mail: kentj @ Also see our web site at An on-line version of the questionnaire can be found at that same web site.


Archaeological Textile Studies in Peru

June 15-29, 2007 (two weeks, $2440) in Arequipa.

Hands-on experience in the analysis, written documentation and conservation of archaeological textile specimens. Learn to analyze textile specimens, document their features, and make a sampler of the ancient weaves. Evening lectures cover Peruvian cultural history and woven iconography. The price includes an airport pickup in Lima, 2 nights in Lima, Lima museum tour, transportation to Arequipa for the course, hotel and meals in Arequipa, course syllabus, course supplies and return to Lima for the trip back to the U S. Round trip airfare to Peru is not included. The course covers fiber analysis, yarn spin/ply, thread count, woven density, plain weave, types of selvages, double cloth, scaffold weave, warp-faced pattern, brocade, tapestry, discontinuous warp and weft, and basic museum conservation.

Excavation of Textile Specimens and South Coast Tour (July 1 – 10, $1260).

After the textile course, a second session covers textile excavation at a coastal site of Pueblo Viejo, plus a tour of the museums and/or sites by Puerto Inca, Nasca, Ica, Paracas, etc., as we return to Lima. The course includes the proper methods of excavating textiles, their identification and care in the field, analysis and documentation in the lab and proper storage, including the construction of acid-free window mounts.

Contact Grace Katterman for more information: glkatt @ Sponsored by the California Institute for Peruvian Studies: