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  • Locations: Moquegua, Peru
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UIC applicants only

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Marlee Stein ( Program Model: Direct Enrollment
Program Features: Study Click here for a definition of this term Academic Areas: Anthropology, Archaeology
Open to Non-Degree: No Academic Standing: Undergraduate
Class Eligibility: 02-Sophomore Mininum GPA: 2.75
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Language Prerequisite: none
Provider Sponsor: Contisuyo Archaeological Field School
Program Description:


Constituyo Archaeological Field School
Program Dates: June 14 - July 26, 2020 (Archaeological Lab School Track)
June 7 - July 18, 2020 (Archaeological Field School Track)

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Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

Contisuyo Archaeological Field School in Peru Track
This summer study abroad program is an archaeological field school. You will spend six-weeks in southern Peru as an integral member of an international research team, working on an archaeological site that dates to around A.D. 1000. During the work week, you will learn by doing. You will be trained in the fundamental skills of field archaeology; mapping sites, excavation, recording archaeological contexts, and cataloging artifacts for curation. Living in the Colonial city of Moquegua, you will be immersed in southern Andean culture, shopping at local markets, eating Peruvian food, and learning about regional crafting and ritual traditions. At the weekends, you will visit villages, towns, and tourist sites in the area and learn in depth about the Moquegua region’s long, rich history. A considerable portion of this program is spent outdoors, and physical fitness is important.
The program includes two courses: ANTH 425—Archaeological Field Methods and ANTH 426—Archaeological Lab Analysis. Both courses will prepare students for future employment by providing hands-on experiences with a number of different material types and familiarity with field and lab methods.

Contisuyo Archaeological LAB School in Peru Track
Learn basic techniques in artifact analysis and advanced human skeletal analysis working on collections from the site of Yaracachi. The museum and archaeological site are located in Moquegua, Peru, where during the Andean Middle Horizon (600-1000CE) a number of different groups interacted on the frontiers of the Wari and Tiwanaku polities. Materials are drawn from Middle Horizon, Late Intermediate, and Inka era sites. The goal of analysis is to examine significant changes that took place in the valley through time. You will participate in this exciting research.
The program includes two courses: ANTH 426—Archaeological Lab Analysis, which will consists of preliminary introduction to the analysis of ceramics, lithics, fauna, and botanical remains; and ANTH 237—The Human Skeleton, which will introduce techniques associated with the analysis of human skeletal remains such as paleopathology. Both courses will prepare students for future employment by providing hands-on experiences with a number of different material types and familiarity with museum curation practices.

Students working with artifacts in the laboratory of Museo Contisuyo, Moquegua, Peru.

For More information contact Dr. Donna Nash
Program Fee
The program fee is $3800, 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.  
Society for American Archaeology Scholarship
Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship
American Archaeology Abroad Scholarship 

UIC students who have an overall UIC GPA of 2.8/4.0 with at least one previous course in anthropology, archaeology, or art history. 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 the UIC Study Abroad Office, 502 UH, 312-413-7662