Monday, September 23, 2013

Application Process and Schedule 2014

We will have two field-school sessions in two different sites during the 2014 summer season: 

Session 01- Biorchaeology in Marcajirca June 05-26
Session 02- Archaeology in Huamparan July 06 -29

Session 01: The bio-archaeological project is focused on three aspects of research and we follow different techniques in the field and laboratory:
   Bio-archaeology: This program consists of excavation of human remains and bone identification in situ.     The excavations takes place in Marcajirca site. Previous experience is not required to be able to participate in this program.
   Archaeology:  This part of the program involves archaeological excavations in different types of structures in Marcajirca; our goal is for the student to learn to identify stratigraphic layers, be able to fully fill out an excavation form, and improve archaeological drawing. We will examine different material recovered during present and past seasons (ex.pottery, lithics). Some short surveys will be considered in the areas surrounding Marcajirca(if the weather permits). Experience is not required.
   Laboratory:  analysis of human remains from Marcajirca site. The bone analyses are performed in order to obtain biological data from the remains recovered by students themselves during the current season or from previous excavations. 
All the participants in the team will rotate between different parts of research so that everyone gets to try everything. However, based on progress and skill for determined areas (ex. chullpa) if a participant chooses to work only in one area, it will be considered, keeping in mind that the number of students is manageable by a supervisor for that area. 
The project encourages students, particularly graduates, to “run” their own research, express ideas for possible thesis projects. We will allow using data from Marcajirca expecting that respective credit for supervisors and the director of the project is given. Many students have prepared posters, thesis and have attended events with Marcajirca data.

Session 02: Archaeology and Survey
This program involves excavations in Huamparan site and survey in areas around Huari and Royal Inka Road that runs through the region. Experience is not required, basic Spanish is recommended but not required. The excavation in Huamparán is a large open dig, with multiple structures and extremely interesting and complex stratigraphy. It would be very didactic for students willing to learn identifying different layers and excavation techniques. This is an intense session, physically demanding but rewarding with every layer uncovered and rock pulled out.
The program will combine excavation, lab. analysis and survey during the 3 weeks and all participants will be involved in every part of the program. The survey part will involve visiting possible sites, digging of test pits and recording of ceramic sherds and/ or architecture if found.


Session 01 (Marcajirca) 
June 5 – 26th.
June 5: Meeting in Huaraz museum (morning).
June 6:  Travel Huaraz – Huari
June 6-8:  Lectures and Bone work practice in Huari
June 9-24: camping and working in Marcajirca.
June 25: Visit Chavin de Huantar.
June 26: Travel  Huari -Huaraz-Lima.

Session 02 (Huamparan)
July 6 – 29th.
July 6: Meeting in Huaraz museum (morning).
July 7: Travel Huaraz-Huari.
July 7-8: Lectures and preparatory work in Huari Lab. House.
July 9-26: Excavations and survey, camping in Huamparan.
July 27: Visit Chavin de Huantar.
July 28: Peruvian Independence Day celebrated with special lunch and events in Huari.
July 29: Huari- Huaraz-Lima.
* Sundays off.

Students may apply to both sessions but need to contact us in advance to make arrangements and discounts.

Participants are encouraged to propose research subjects, both for thesis or reports.

For further information and an application please contact Margarita:

Archaeological Work in Marcajirca 2013

Archaeological work: Excavations near  Huanca
Archaeological work: Excavations in Sector C

Archaeological Work: Sector F. 
Archaeological work: Topography in the Amphitheater 
Archaeological work: Setting-up the Total Station

Bioarchaeological work: Excavation in Chullpas

Bioarchaeological work: Bone inventory

Bioarchaeological Work: Teaching to identify small bones

Bioarchaeological work: Sketching human remains in chullpas

Bioarchaeological work: Sketching human remains in chullpas

Lab Work: Analyzing human remains 
La Work: Last verification of Inventory 

Lab Work: Identifying Traumas, pathologies ans stress marks

Lab Work: Osteometric

Random Pictures from Marcajirca 2013

Team 2013: (behind from left) Bebel Ibarra, Pablo Mateo, Tori Zieger, Isabella Ayala, Gina DeMattei, Stephanie Koo, Estrellita Romero, Steph Van Burkel, Ray Leonard and Adrian Nolasco
Front(left to right): Jhon Cruz, Oscar Loyola, Carlos Escobar, Rafael Segura, Donita Roberts, Anne Titelbaum and Bronwyn McNeil

Line for lunch

Enjoying nature

Too much mist to work with the Total Station

Everybody heading  to the cross

4600 meters above the sea level

Lecture of Dr. Rick from Stanford  University when visiting Chavin de Huantar

Lunch under the sun

Rohan looking for more tractors to cover the excavations

Archaeological Work at Huamparan 2013

Panoramic view of Structure 1

Excavations in central part of Structure 1

Excavations in the "Patio" of Structure 1

Intrusive tombs 

Uncovering a sealed tomb in structure 1

Tomb 6

Excavations in unit 13

Sketching tomb 4

Excavations in Unit 11

Sketching more tombs

Random Pictures Huamparan 2013

Huamparan Team 2013 (behind from left): Ronald Gringo, Carlos Escobar, Marguerite Leoni, Alex Casteel, Americo Santillana,
(front): Bebel Ibarra, Margarita Brikyte, Rohan Ibarra-Brikyte, Donita Roberts, Pablo Mateo, Steph Van Burkel and Jhon Cruz

Pulling out rocks is no problem.

Cleaning pottery fragments at Huari House
Donita - my yoga classes are useful now

Rohan and his first excavation lessons - it is  never is too early

A good nap after lunch-we need nothing else

Rohan applying his skills in excavation
The sacred cookie break, flavors such as chocolate, coconut, strawberry, lemon and vanilla

Our dinning room after the third plate

Loading-up our "Raquel", our powerful Landcruiser, with the gear

July 28th at Puruhay Lake
During Kayak Competition

Puruhuay Lake

Team formed by Jhon and Steph

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Survey Huari Ancash 2013

Survey in surrounding areas of Reparin Lake

Survey in surrounding areas of Reparin Lake
Reparin Lake
Test Pit in the area of Quillamachay Cave 

Test Pit in the area of Quillamachay Cave
Rock Art - Quillamachay Cave

Rock Art - Quillamachay Cave
Registering rock art in Quillamachay Cave 
Registering rock art in  Quillamachay Cave

Panoramic View of  Quillamachay Cave 

Working in a Test Pit
Working in a test Pit on Reparin Mound

Taking  time for swimming 
Do not be scared  water is not that cold