Topic ID #40517 - posted 12/30/2018 11:06 AM

Cochasquí Field School in Highland Northern Ecuador (July-August 2019)!


Cochasquí-Mojanda IFR Field School

Are you an archaeology student looking for a unique field school? Join us July 15th through August 18th, 2019 in Ecuador at Cochasquí! Located on the slopes of the extinct Mojanda-Fuya Fuya volcanic complex, Cochasquí is one of the most unique pyramid sites in the Andes! Want academic credit? No problem! We are an Institute for Field Research (IFR) affiliate. Visit our IFR page for more information and to apply:

Cochasquí lies in the northern Ecuadorian highlands at an elevation of approximately 3,000 meters. The site commands an impressive view of the Interandean Valley and some of its most majestic volcanoes. Cochasquí (ca. 950-1550 A.D.) is one of the most important archaeological sites in Ecuador. The people of Cochasquí built some of the largest pyramids in the Andes and famously resisted the Inka conquest for some years, yet surprisingly little is known about the site or its occupants. Nonetheless, the site occupies a revered status in the national narrative. Even today, Cochasquí serves as a symbol of Ecuadorian national legitimacy and power with newly elected officials symbolically granted the mantle of their office in a ceremony conducted atop one of the pyramids. But what changes led to development of a site like Cochasquí? Who were it occupants, how did they live, and how was their society structured? And what ultimately led to the site’s abandonment and disuse?

Since 2016, Proyecto Arqueológico Cochasquí-Mojanda (PACM) has conducted some of the most technologically advanced fieldwork in South America to contextualize the site within the broader region by examining both the monumental center of Cochasquí and the broader zone along the slopes of Mojanda. Students at PACM will learn the basics of archaeological excavation, archaeological theory, geoarchaeology, historical and ethnohistorical research, data collection, and analysis, as well as how to utilize drone and remote sensing data to better understand archaeological sites.

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