Topic ID #30393 - posted 12/17/2013 3:30 PM

Mexico- Ethnohistory Field Program




Dates: June 15 - July 12, 2014

Project Description: The purpose of this field program is to introduce students to innovative research methods in the integration of archaeology, art history, ethnohistory, and ethnography. Mexico in general and the vast state of Oaxaca in particular create an ideal research environment, where the indigenous cultures constructed monumental sites, ruled over city-states, invented complex writing systems, and crafted among the finest artistic traditions in the world, some of which are still perpetuated to this day. The clash of the Indigenous and the European worlds in the 16th century created a most unique culture, the legacy of which underlies the modern nation of Mexico. By traveling through the mountains, valleys, and coasts of Oaxaca and immersing themselves in this rich study environment, students will gain direct experience with archaeological, ethnohistorical, and ethnographic research methods and resources. In addition, the course aims to provide insights into the practicalities of conducting academic research in Mexico, by visiting research institutes and hearing on-site lectures from local experts. A broader question to be addressed is how new modes of inquiry in archaeology can reflect on approaches more consistent with the logic inherent in the scientific method. This interactive course will explore methods that avoid one-sided dependencies, and will link the past and present through the exploration of those surviving ancient sites and living communities which are directly referenced in the ethnohistorical records.


Academic Credits: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through Connecticut College.

Total Cost: $ 4,700

Accommodations: Students will be staying in hotels in Oaxaca City and in local inns while traveling to the Mixteca and the coast. All students will be sharing a room based on room size and availability. Students who will take the optional fifth week extension will stay in local hotels at Cholula and Mexico City.  

Meals: All meals will be communal events. Oaxacan food is a wonderful blend of European and indigenous cuisines, and dining there is a cultural experience in itself. Specialized diets (vegan, kosher, etc.) are difficult to maintain, and vegetarians might find options fairly limited. Monday through Saturday, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided by the program. Students are responsible for their Sunday meals.

Travel Information: Students will be met by members of staff upon arrival at the Xoxocotlan International Airport in Oaxaca City (OAX). Please plan to arrive to Oaxaca City on Sunday June 15, between 8:00am and 6:00pm.

If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email to the project director.  Local cell phone numbers and other emergency contact information will be provided to all enrolled students.

Visa Requirements: US Citizens must present a valid passport or passport card for travel into Mexico.  Travelers entering Mexico for stays of longer than 180 days, require a visa and valid U.S. passport prior to entry. For more information, please visit the US State Department Travel Advice page.

Health: For specific information regarding travel health issues pertinent to travel in Mexico, consult with the Centers for Disease Control website.

Project Directors and Contact Information: Dr. John M. D. Pohl, UCLA & California State University Los Angeles (; Dr. Danny Zborover, UCSD (

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Post ID#20494 - replied 5/3/2014 3:58 PM


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