Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Season 2016

We are going to continue our field school the next year, summer 2016 more updates soon.

For further information and an application forms please contact Margarita:

Friday, February 20, 2015

Application Process and Schedule 2015

Dates May 29 - June 20th, 2015

The project is focused on three aspects of research and we follow different techniques in the field and laboratory:

 Archaeology:  This part of the program involves archaeological excavations in different types of structures in Huamparán; 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 (if the weather permits). Experience is not required.

Bio-archaeology: This program consists of survey in site with  human remains and bone identification in situ.  The excavations takes place in Huamparán site. Previous experience is not required to be able to participate in this program.

Laboratory:  analysis of human remains from Marcajirca site and from surveys. 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. lab) 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. 

We will allow using data from our excavation for posters; expecting that respective credit for supervisors and the director of the project is given.


May 29: Meeting in Huaraz museum (morning).
May 30:  Travel Huaraz – Huari
June 1-2:  Lectures and Bone work practice in Huari
June 3-18: Camping, Survey and working in Huamparan.
June 19: Visit Chavin de Huantar.
June 20: Travel  Huari -Huaraz-Lima.


Project Crew Members

Lic. Bebel Ibarra
Archaeologist specializing in Ancash Archaeology and director of the program. Licentiate of San Marcos University (Peru). Previous doctoral studies at University of Paris I Sorbonne; research assistant it the Department of Anthropology at Tulane University. Bebel is leading the Proyecto Archaeologico Huari-Ancash since 2004 and has excavated several sites in the region, mainly sites dating AD 500-1500. He also worked on documenting the Inca road and assisting in its preservation. Bebel has published several books and articles about archaeology of the area. His research is focused on Mortuary Practices in the North Highlands converging Archaeological and Physical Anthropological approaches.
Bebel’s Lectures:
Development of Prehispanic Architecture in the Central Andes of Peru: A review of evolution of settlements in the Andes from hunter-gatherers to complex architecture such as the Incas. This lecture will be complemented with a visit to Inca site of Huaritambo and a visit to Reparin Lake.
Mortuary Practices in the Andes: This lecture will ‘show’ how ancient Peruvian buried their dead in different parts of the Peruvian Andes. The form of types of tombs and their association with human remains in terms of status, rank, kinship and political organization. This lecture will be complemented with a visit to the archaeological site of Marcajirca.
Cranial Modification and Isotope Analyses in the Study of Funeral Contexts: a review of the practice in the Andes and an evaluation of possible reasons why it was practiced. This lecture will be complemented with a lab class and with actual modified skull collection for study.
Funeral Archaeology Methodology: This lecture will explain the nature of burial, examine the difference between original and intrusive context.  How to determine taphonomy processes that lead to misunderstanding of the nature of burials.
Archaeological Field Methods: This is a complement to the excavations that will be carried out in Huamparan. We will prioritize explaining concepts such as: what is a registry form, stratigraphic layer, use of measure scale in archaeological drawing and will set up a grid for excavation (students will be taught and asked to set a grid during the excavation).

Dr. Anne Titelbaum PhD.
Physical anthropologist who specializes in human skeletal biology, paleopathology, and bioarchaeology.  PhD from Tulane University. Currently a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, where  she teaches clinical anatomy to medical, physician assistant, physical therapy, and anthropology graduate students. 
Anne’s primary research area is Andean South America, with a focus on prehistoric populations of coastal and highland Peru. Her research interests include pathology in ancient skeletal remains, developmental anomalies, musculoskeletal stress, trauma, and mortuary practices. Anne has participated with a number of Peruvian archaeological projects, including the Proyecto Arqueológico Huaca de La Luna, the Proyecto Arqueológico Complejo El Brujo, and the Huaca Prieta Archaeological Project. She has worked with the Proyecto Arqueológico Huari-Ancash since 2012, delivering lectures on Andean bioarchaeology, teaching human osteology and skeletal analysis, and conducting analysis in lab and field contexts.
Human Osteology: Lectures on bone identification and the importance of understanding of the life-style of people in Archaeological time. This class is mostly practical; students will work with large human remains collection the project has recovered during the previous seasons; in addition to learning about human skeletal morphology, they will learn about trauma, trepanations, and developmental variations (premortem or postmortem). The lab will prioritize bone recognition (type and sex).
Suggested reading: White, T.D. and P.A. Folkens. 2005. The Human Bone Manual. Academic Press, Boston.

Eng. Ray S. Leonard, PE
Ray S. Leonard, PE: adjunct professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Univ. of New Mexico.  Prof. Leonard will lecture on engineering survey methods, GIS, Google Earth, control and detailed surveys, survey instruments such as: magnetic compass, Abnery Level, GPS, and total stations, and mapping systems such as UTM.  Field work will involve working with magnetic compass, Abnery Level, GPS, and total stations.  Data will be saved in excel files, that students may take with them.  PDFs of all lectures and notes will be made available to registered participants prior to the start of the field school.  Suggested readings: Collins, J.M., and Molyneaux, B.L., Archaeological Survey, Archaeologist's Toolkit 2, 2003, AltaMira Press, NY and Howard, P., archaeological surveying and  Mapping: Recording and Depicting the Landscape, 2007, Routledge, London and NY

Dr. Jason Nesbitt PhD.
Assistant Professor at Tulane University. PhD from Yale University, specialist in Andean Archaeology and complex societies during the formative period (ca 1000 – 200 BC) in the Andes. He joined our team in 2014. Jason is carrying archaeological research in the region of Huari, Ancash and Ayacucho.
Chavin and its Sphere of Interaction During the Formative Period: This lecture will be complemented with a visit to archaeological site of Chavin de Huantar and a National Museum of Chavin.

Arql. Carlos Escobar Silva (Archaeologist) from San Marcos University, Lima. Carlos is archaeological excavation supervisor, guides the students in all the process of recording and drawing architecture and artifacts.  Carlos joined the team in 2004 and is the ‘original’ team member with extensive field experience.

Arql. Jhon Cruz Quiñones (Archaeologist) from  Santiago Antunez de Mayolo University, Huaraz. He is survey supervisor as well as participant in excavations particularly when human remains are involved. Jhon joined the team in 2011.

Margarita Brikyte (Anthropology, CSULB) assists with project organization and is in charge of correspondence with the participants throughout the year. She has been with the project since 2008.  

For further information and an application forms please contact Margarita:

Places of Interest fro Visiting

Inca Road

Recently declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, runs close by our work site and town. We may spend a day ‘trecking’ the Inca Trail for some 3 kilometers, depending on physical conditions and enthusiasm of the participants. The segment of the trail starts and finishes in Inca archaeological sites.
The Royal Inca Road

Along with Archaeology, the region of Huari has many interesting places which could be visited walking or by car. One is Purhuay Lake (glaciar origin), where it is possible to take a boat and arrive to the Sanctuary of Llama Corral, and interesting circle shrine, formed by several ring-walls. This structure dating ca AD 700 was studied by the project in association with Bologna University of Italy during 2007-2009. 

Llamacorral and Purhuay lake behind

The Botanical Gardens of Huanchac are located 1.4 km from the project house. The traditional farming in the chakras may be observed on the way to the garden.Huari is a small town, about 2000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area. It is so small that it does not have a single traffic light. Yet it is very friendly and always welcoming to visitors. The central market is the best place to practice Spanish and buy local produce.

Communication Sources
A permanent cell phone line is available for communication with the project house (if parents or anyone from outside the country needs to contact the participant). There are multiple phone and internet places in town for making international calls. The project works with the local doctor in case anyone needs fast medical assistance.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Last Field work season

Friday, October 10, 2014

Random Photos from 2014 season

Monday, September 23, 2013

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