Topic ID #30398 - posted 12/17/2013 3:36 PM

Peru- Vitor Field School





Dates: June 22 - July 26, 2014

Project Description: The Vitor Archaeological Project is a comprehensive, longitudinal study of the lower Vitor Valley, approximately 40 kilometers west of the modern city of Arequipa. This is a multi-disciplinary project with strong field, laboratory, and bioarchaeological components. The project is focused primarily on the Early Intermediate and Middle Horizon occupation periods of the valley, with a strong emphasis on the Millo site complex. We have already identified extensive Wari influence and possible presence at Vitor, including a D-shaped temple and significant quantities of Wari-influenced ceramics.  In 2014, students will begin new excavations at the D-shaped temple. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the mortuary excavations of a local tradition known as Ramadas.  Significant time will be dedicated to laboratory analysis of materials excavated from the temple and cemetery and for their conservation.


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 field housing in the Vitor Valley and in Hotel La Casa de mi Abuela when in Arequipa.  While at the field house in the Vitor Valley, all participants will be expected to help keep the living spaces orderly and assist with daily tasks, which may include the preparation of meals and other activities necessary for a successful field program. 

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: Students flying into Arequipa airport (AQP) will be met by project staff members. It is highly recommended that students fly to Arequipa and not take the bus as the Panamericana highway is narrow, steep, and notorious for its many traffic accidents.

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. María Cecilia Lozada, University of Chicago (; Lic. Augusto Cardona Rosas, Centro de Investigaciones Arqueológicas Arequipa (CIARQ) (; Dr. Hans Barnard, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA (


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