Archaeology Field Schools - Peru - 2006

Escuelas de campo de Arqueología - Perú - 2006

CIPS Archaeological Textile Program in Peru during June/July of 2006.

Marcajirca, Peru Field School 2006,  Bebel Ibarra of the University of Paris, July 15-August 30, 2006.  

The Field School at Tiwanaku, Bolivia. Harvard University. Alexei Vranich and Gary Urton.

San José de Moro Archaeological Project 2006 - Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú - PUCP.

Huaca de la Luna Archaeological Project 2006 - Universidad Nacional de Trujillo.

The Santa Rita B Archaeological / Biological Anthropological Field School 2006.

The Tarapaca Valley Field School Chile, Summer 2006






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, 2006 Field Expedition to Northern Peru for work at the Santa Rita B archaeological site. The MSCD/CIPS project is in its seventh 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 1000 B.C. through the 16th century A.D.

In 2006, 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 , 2006 through either June 24 or July 16, 2006.

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

PARTICIPANT COSTS: $2,450.00 (which includes a $250.00, non-refundable deposit) for three weeks and $2,650.00 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 (currently ca. $170/credit hour at MSCD). 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 Jan 31, 2006 and balance due March 18, 2006.

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: Also see our web site at An on-line version of the questionnaire can be found at that same web site.


The Tarapaca Valley Field School Chile, Summer 2006

The Tarapaca area in Chile is rich with archaeological heritage, with sites covering more then 8,000 years of human occupation. Located in one of the most breathtaking regions of South America, the valley contains highly fortified sites, extensive cemeteries, and many agricultural irrigation systems. The valley and its environs are the subject of a large and intensive international research project, working closely with local scholars and communities.

This archaeological program allows students to study the history of human adaptation to one of the world's driest areas, the Atacama Desert. The Tarapaca Field School has its headquarters in San Lorenzo de Tarapaca, the colonial capital of the Tarapaca region. The valley is approximately 100 km. east of Iquique, a modern city of 200,000 people located on Chile's northern coast. Students will conduct field work in the Tarapaca area 5 days a week, and will visit Iquique during weekends. Students will have the opportunity to work on an ongoing multidisciplinary research with direct involvement in excavation in residential and mortuary contexts, survey, and laboratory duties. Because of its aridity, all types of materials preserve in Atacama Desert sites, including human remains, organic tissues, textiles, pottery, and food remains, making the archaeological experience there one of the most rewarding anywhere. The Tarapaca area is a beautiful oasis, with a classic southern Andean river cutting through the desert. The area is also home to one of the densest concentration of geoglyphs and other rock art, forming both anthropomorphic and geometric designs in various scales ? from miniature rock art to images covering entire hills.

Class enrolment is through UCLA Travel Study Programs

Costs are $2,900 plus your airfare to Iquique. This includes the field school, room and board, and 12 credit units from UCLA. The field school runs for five weeks, June 25-July 29, 2006. Enroll early as space is limited.

The project is co-directed by Dr. Ran Boytner and hosted by Dr. Charles Stanish, both from the
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA (

For further information, contact

Ran Boytner Research Associate, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA
Co-Director, Tarapaca Valley Archaeological Project 3425 S. Bentley Ave. Los Angeles CA. 90034
Tel: (310) 837-8394 Fax: (310) 837-0193



CIPS Archaeological Textile Program in Peru during June/July of 2006

In 2006, we are offering a 2-week Textile Course in Acari plus an additional third week of experience in on-site textile excavation (June 16 -July 6: cost $2400).  The price includes an airport pick-up in Lima on Friday June16, two nights in Lima, visits to two Lima Museums, bus trip to Acari for the course as well as hotel, meals, transportation, course supplies and course syllabus during the course. Many textiles have already been unearthed and textile students will gain considerable hands-on experience with their proper analysis, documentation and conservation. The course is taught in English, but there will be many opportunities to practice Spanish with the local people. Airline tickets to Peru are not included in the price.

After gaining a firm textile background through the Textile Course, participants will be prepared
to participate in an exciting archaeological excavation under the direction of Dr. Lidio Valdez of
the Univ. of Victoria. Here you will learn to properly excavate textiles and prepare them for
transport. Working with minimal supervision, you will be able to analyze their weaves, prepare the documentation, do the necessary conservation and prepare the textiles for storage.

SOUTH COAST TOUR FROM ACARI, July 7-9, 2006. ($400) A fantastic 3-4 day South Coast tour is available after the Textile course and excavation in Acari. It will include Nasca, Nasca Lines, Toby's Pottery Studio, Ica, Huaca China, Paracas, Ballestas Islands, and Tambo Colorado. If you decide not to take the tour on your return to Lima at this time, your departure date should be arranged at least a day after the end of your stay in Acari, as it will take most of a day to return to Lima for your flight home.

MUSEUM EXHIBITION PRACTICUM July 10-24, 2006 in Arequipa (2 weeks, Cost: $1860). Flights to Arequipa and return to Lima are included in the cost. The Exhibition Practicum will consist of two weeks of textile conservation, mounting and the installation of an exhibit at Museo Sanctuario (the Ice Maiden Museum) in Arequipa at the invitation of Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria (UCSA). The exhibit theme will be Inca Tribute Garments for Women. CIPS collection contains a number of Inca tribute aksus (dresses) and llikllas (shawls) in addition to other styles of Late Horizon female garments produced locally. The exhibit will compare and contrast the features of both types of women's garments as well as inform visitors about the Inca tribute system. The practicum will offer an opportunity for participants to gain practical, hands-on experience in the preparation and mounting of a number of large textile garments.

For questions, class schedule, or an application form, contact Grace at

The price for those who sign up for all three programs - the Textile Course, Exhibit Practicum
and South Coast Tour - is discounted to $4200 for the five week program.