Topic ID #37688 - posted 11/30/2016 3:48 PM

Brazil: Claudio Cutião Field School 2017 - Academic Credit through UCLA


Project Overview

The Amazonian Interfluvial Archaeological Project began in 2014, exploring human occupation in a little-known ecoregion of the Amazon – the headwaters of the river drainages. Going off the beaten path into the depths of the Amazon has been nearly impossible. As such we know little about cultural relationships and boundary lands for large regions of the Amazon. The 2017 field season will involve mapping and excavation at the archaeological site of Claudio Cutião. Our primary research objective for this season is to determine the site’s internal variability. Due to the perishable nature of building materials in the Amazon, there are no visible architectural features on the surface or below. But local soils have been enriched by organic waste and human actions and created distinct phenomena called ‘terra preta’ (‘black earth’) soils. We will examine site organization based on variations in these ‘terra preta’ soils as well as the distribution of artifacts, and expand excavations in one of these areas to identify residential contexts.

Program Director: Dr. Myrtle Shock
Course Dates: July 16-August 13, 2017
Application Deadline: July 14, 2017
Tuition: $4,250
Credit: 12 UCLA credit units 

Students will live at a farmhouse which serves as our base and is situated in a remote area of the jungle along the Pardo River. While in Manaus, students will be provided with hotel lodging. The farmhouse has been inhabited and farmed for the last twenty years so we will camp around their fruit trees.  Conditions are basic, we use well water and ecological toilets. Students must bring their own tents and will sleep in their tents or in hammocks with mosquito netting on clear nights. MEALS: All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious but basic food. The daily diet in Brazil is heavily based on rice, beans, and meat. Due to our remote location, access to fruits and vegetables is limited as they do not preserve well without refrigeration.  Specialized diets (vegan, kosher, etc.) are impossible to maintain in this remote location.

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