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> MOCHE-UNC Archaeological Field School in Peru

> Field School 08: Sta. Rita, Archaeology and Bioarchaeology, J. Kent

> Field School June-July 08: Archaeological Textile Studies in Peru, G. Katterman

> UCLA Field Schools 2008

> UC San Diego Field School 2008


MOCHE-UNC Archaeological Field School in Peru

Brian Billman  bbillman @  sends this announcement of his annual field school in northern Peru. -Dan

I'm pleased to announce the 10th annual MOCHE-UNC Archaeological Field School in Peru, June 14 through July 15 in the Moche Valley. If you could announce our field school to your classes, I would greatly appreciate it. The field school website is at:

Students can contact me by email if they have any questions.

Below are the details on the 2008 program. If you would like to post a flier, please send me an email.

Brian Billman
Associate Professor
University of North Carolina
Department of Anthropology
Campus Box 3115
301 Alumni Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3115

Office 919-962-9348
Fax 919-962-1613

June 14 – July 15, 2008


Earn 6 semester hours of UNC-Chapel Hill credit for Anthropology 453, Field School in South American Archaeology. No prerequisites.


The field school is designed to provide students with training in archaeological excavation, survey, and laboratory methods as well as
instruction in the prehistory of Peru. Fieldwork involves the excavation of prehistoric households and archaeological survey.
Excavations focus on a sample of elite and commoner dwellings at the sites of Ciudad de Dios and Cerro León in the middle Moche Valley on the north coast of Peru. Both sites date to the Early Intermediate Period (400 BC–AD 700). Ciudad de Dios consists of a series of massive elite domestic compounds and small commoner dwellings on five narrow ridgetops above the valley floor. Excavations in elite compounds in 1997 through 2000 revealed abundant Moche fineware and plainware ceramics, stone tools, metal objects, and organic refuse. Cerro León is located across the valley from Ciudad de Dios on a hilltop. Thousands of domestic dwellings, including many large elite domestic compounds, are clustered on the steep, upper slopes of the hill, and a fortified refuge is located above the domestic area on the top of the hill roughly 200 m above the valley floor. Pottery from the site indicates that highland immigrants to the middle valley may have occupied Cerro León. In addition to excavation, we will conduct archaeological survey in the upper Moche Valley. Students also work on the survey crew and learn how to find, record, and map archaeological sites.

Fieldwork and laboratory analysis are conducted five days a week. Students excavate and record structures and trash deposits. In
addition, students spend one session finding and recording prehistoric sites in the foothills of the Andes. Workshops on the analysis of
ceramic, lithic, and organic remains are conducted at the start of the field school. Students assist in the processing and analysis of
collections recovered during the field season. In addition to gaining hands-on training in excavation techniques, laboratory analysis, and
database management, students are actively engaged in implementing the project research design. Through excavation, analysis, readings, and group discussions, we examine how ethnicity, class, and economic relationships are manifested in household remains.

Brian Billman conducts tours of local museums and archaeological sites, including Chan Chan, Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna, El Brujo, and Cerro Oreja, on Saturdays. Sundays is unscheduled free time.


In addition to field and lab work, the program includes a 4-day trip to the highland town of Cajamarca.


The field school is based in Huanchaco, a pleasant fishing village and beach resort just a few kilometers outside of Trujillo, a large city on the north coast of Peru. Students live in a hotel in Huanchaco and are provided with group meals six days a week. Beaches are located across the street from the hotel, and the Andes mountains and numerous world-renowned archaeological sites are close by for free-time activities.


The field school is part of the Moche Origins Project directed by Brian Billman and Jesús Briceño (Instituto Nacional de Cultura). The project goal is to examine how highland-coastal relationships, social stratification, and warfare influenced the development of the Southern Moche state. Beginning in 1997, the project involves household excavations, analysis of collections of human remains, ceramic sourcing, and environmental reconstruction. Flourishing from AD 200–800, the Southern Moche state was a highly centralized, hierarchically organized political system in which leaders exercised considerable economic, military, and ideological power. Leaders of the state directed the construction of some of the largest public monuments in the Americas, led the conquest of neighboring valleys, and organized the production of finely-crafted ceramics, textiles, and metal objects. Although one of the largest and most complex prehistoric political systems in the Americas, the origins and socioeconomic structure of the Southern Moche state are poorly understood.


$3,685* covers instructional fees, Study Abroad fees, lodging, three meals a day six days a week, all site and museum entrance fees, health insurance, and a four-day tour of the highland town of Cajamarca. Cost does not include airfare to Peru, transportation to Huanchaco, passport fees, meals on Sundays, laundry service, or personal expenses.


Enrollment is open to UNC-CH students and students from other colleges and universities. Out-of-state students pay the same fees and tuition as in-state students. No prerequisites. Spanish is not required. Space is limited to 15 students.


DEADLINE 14 February 2008; if not filled by this date, we will continue to take applications. This program has rolling admissions, which means that the Study Abroad Office will make a decision on an application for  this program as soon as it is complete. We encourage students to complete their applications early.


For program details: For registration and administrative details:
Professor Brian Billman Rebecca Denton, Advisor
Department of Anthropology Study Abroad
CB#3115, 201b Alumni Fedex Global Education Building,
University of North Carolina CB#3130
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3115 University of North Carolina
(919) 962-9348 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3130
bbillman @ (919) 962-7002

*The quoted cost is based on prices and exchange rates as of September, 2007. The costs and details of the program itinerary are subject to change.



THE PROJECT: The 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 2008 Field Expedition to Northern Peru for work at the Santa Rita B
archaeological complex in the Chao Valley. The project is in its tenth season of investigations. The program is structured as a field school in archaeology. Three or six semester credits are available, based on participation for three or six weeks, but signing up for credit is optional. 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 Complex is located in northern coastal Peru in the Chao River Valley, about 25km inland and
at an elevation of 390m above mean sea level. Occupations range from approximately 1000B.C. through the 16th century A.D.
In 2008, the focus will be on the excavation of house floors and craft areas dating to the Middle Horizon (North
Coastal "transicional") of the Peruvian cultural sequence, dating between ca. AD 800-1100. The presence of materials from other regions
of the Peruvian North Coast suggests that socio-political aspects and exchange economics will be addressed through excavations.

DEADLINES: A completed questionnaire and deposit are due by February 15, 2008.

CONTACT: For 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: Photographs of our research can be viewed at the following web site: An on-line version of the questionnaire can be found at that same web site.


Archaeological Textile Studies in Peru

Grace Katterman <glkatt @ sends this announcement of an archaeological textiles course to be offered next July in Peru.

Archaeological Textile Studies, June 22 - July 4 (2 weeks) in Arequipa, Peru. The Course includes hands-on experience in the woven analysis, written documentation, and museum conservation of archaeological textiles. Participants learn to identify, scientifically document and weave a sampler of ancient Peruvian woven patterns, plus learn the history of Andean cultures and their woven iconography. A third week (July 6 - 14) features 3 days of excavation experience with textiles in the field (cleaning, processing, documenting) plus a 4 day Tour of South Coast sites and museums on the return to Lima.

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


Ran Boytner  rboytner @  sends this announcement of scholarships for UCLA's field schools. Note that these include projects in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Argentina. Applications are due by March 3, 2008. -Dan

For Immediate Release

The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology is announcing the establishment of six scholarships to support students participating in field schools. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible and encouraged to apply. This scholarship is open to any student participating in the UCLA Field Program. Visit to download your application.
Ran Boytner, Ph.D.
Director for International Research, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA
Co-Director, Tarapaca Valley Archaeological Project

A190a Fowler Museum
Los Angeles, CA. 90095-1510
Tel: (310) 825-3050
Fax: (310) 206-4723


Paul Goldstein sends this announcement of the UCSD Archaeological Field School in Peru, 2008.

We will be accepting applications for the UCSD Archaeological Field School in Peru for July 08. This season's focus will be mortuary and household archaeology at the 8th century Tiwanaku site of Rio Muerto, in Moquegua.

Students may attend for either 8 or 12 UCSD college credits. Please print and post this pdf flier,
and circulate our links with details, an application and photos to interested students,