Topic ID #30396 - posted 12/17/2013 3:33 PM

Peru- Chincha Field School




Dates: June 29 - August 2, 2014

Project Description: The Paracas culture of coastal Peru is known for its exquisite art. It is also known for explicit presentation of violence, in particular, trophy head iconography on textiles and ceramics.  At the same time, the Paracas peoples constructed some of the earliest monumental architecture on the Peruvian south coast – enormous adobe platform mounds rising more than 10 meters above the alluvial plain. This confluence of organized violence and the construction of monumental ritual structures make Paracas one of the best case studies for the study of early complex societies in Peru.  For the 2014 season, this field school will focus on two major Paracas mound sites at the Chincha Valley: Cerro del Gentil and Huaca Soto.  Through careful excavation and analysis of recovered material culture, students will study the nature of conflict and cooperation that characterized the Paracas society and examine issues of violence, coordinated action, and social complexity. 


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

Total Cost: $5,050; includes tuition, cost of credit units, and room & board.

Accommodations: Students will live in comfortable, but modest housing in the city of Chincha Alta.  Conditions at the field house are basic and students should expect shared accommodations.     

Meals: All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious but basic food in the tradition of local cuisine. The daily diet in Peru is heavily based on rice, corn, potatoes and meat.  Specialized diets (vegan, kosher, etc.) are near impossible to maintain in this location. Vegetarians may attend but will find options limited.

Travel Information: Staff will meet students immediately after they exit Customs in the Lima International Airport (LIM).  In the highly unlikely case that staff members fail to show at this location within two hours, students should proceed to the emergency meeting spot locate: lobby of Hotel Costa del Sol Ramada lobby (located inside the airport) and wait until further notice. If staff members do not arrive to this emergency meeting location within four hours, students may check-in to the hotel for the night and the project will pay room expenses. Project staff will then communicate with students via email. Please note that you will not be reimbursed for any travel, room or board expenses if you fail to reach the meeting place at your scheduled arrival time (excluding airline delays), do not wait the sufficient time before leaving either the designated/emergency meeting places, or otherwise fail to meet staff due to your own actions.

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: A valid passport for at least six months is required to enter and depart Peru. Tourists must also provide evidence of return or onward travel. Travelers to Peru will receive a card from Peruvian Immigration upon arrival stating the length of approved stay (usually 90 days). Extensions are not available, and overstays will result in fines. For more information, please visit the US State Department Travel Advice page.

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

Project Directors and Contact Information:

Dr. Charles Stanish, Director, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA (US) (; Dr. Henry Tantaleán, Universidad Mayor de San Marcos (Peru); Mr. Benjamin Nigra, Ph.D. Candidate, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA (US) (


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