Topic ID #33887 - posted 10/21/2014 10:00 PM

Huari-Ancash Bio-Archaeological Research Project Field School 2015. Perú


The 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.

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