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Contisuyo Archaeological Field School
Moquegua, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Restrictions: UIC applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Country: Peru City: Moquegua
Mininum GPA: 2.8 Class Status: 02-Sophomore
Internships: No
Academic Areas:
Anthropology, Archaeology
Language of Instruction:
English Academic Standing: Undergraduate
Program Description:


Constituyo Archaeological Field School
Program Dates: June 10 - July 16, 2017 

Program application download

Application Deadline: March 4, 2017

Learn archaeological excavation and laboratory analysis techniques at a Wari village in the Andean foothills of southern Peru. Between 600 and 700 AD, a multi-ethnic colony was established at Cerro Mejía. The settlers had been forcibly relocated from their distant homes by a powerful empire. Many centuries later, archaeologists are excavating their house ruins to understand the daily lives of the colonists and how these people coped with their new foreign surroundings and their powerful Wari conquerors. You will be one of them.
The Contisuyo Archaeological Field School is sponsored by UIC, UNC-Greensboro, the University of Florida, Chicago’s Field Museum and the Contisuyo Museum in Moqueuga, Peru.  Students will participate in excavation projects will learn a wide array of archaeological investigation techniques, visit other archaeological sites in the region, and experience the rich local culture of Moquegua, Peru. The program is led by UIC faculty, an anthropological archeologist working on the earliest expansionist states of South America. 

This program is led by Field Museum Curator and Chair  Ryan Williams, and Professor Donna Nash.
Housing is provided in a rented house in the colonial town of Moquegua, founded in the 16th century by Spanish conquistadors on the site of an Inca town. Breakfast is served family style at the field house and dinner will be eaten at restaurants in Moquegua. The field house will include an archaeological laboratory and living quarters. Students will live dormitory style with 2 to 3 people per room and a shared bath. 
Program Fee
The program fee is $3500, payable to Field Museum, and covers room and board, local transportation, instruction, and 8 credits of UIC coursework for UIC degree seeking students. Travel to the research site is additional; airfare from Chicago to Lima and local transport to southern Peru is estimated at $1,000-$1,300. UIC students are eligible for Financial Aid and Scholarships through Study Abroad for this program.  
UIC students who have an overall UIC GPA of 2.8/4.0 with at least one previous course in anthropology. Students should be in good health and sufficient physical condition to hike daily for 1 hour with a day pack.  Spanish skills preferred, but not required.

For more information contact: Kat Aldag at, UIC Study Abroad Office, 502 UH, 312-413-7662