El Campanario Archaeological Project in Peru
2017-07-10 - 2017-08-11
Description of organisation:
This archaeological project is oriented to understand the craft specialization and socio-economic organization of the Casma polity at the household level. This program includes fieldwork, material analysis, and visits to nearby archaeological sites during a period of 5 weeks. During weekends participant will have the opportunity to enjoy local Peruvian food on the countryside or the beach.
The focus of this research is the study of domestic areas in order to obtain information about different aspects of ancient daily life. Two successful field season (2015 and 2016) revealed that residents at this site had access to cultural ideas from the Wari Polity (600 – 1000 A.D.). For this reason the study of households offer a unique opportunity to observe how people negotiate their identity while acquiring new cultural ideas through inter-regional exchange.
Description of a place:
El Campanario site is located in the Huarmey Valley which is 260 kilometers (km) north of Lima, the capital of Peru and one km northeast of the modern city of Huarmey. The site contains mud-brick (adobe) structures, which are visible from the surface. These structures form compounds that might be related to family units, or specialized areas.
Is there a possibility to go with a friend/family for this volunteering programme?
Description of a target group/who can be a volunteer:
This project is open to volunteers that love archaeology and want to learn more about archaeological research. No previous archaeological experiences is required to participate in this project.
Description of a volunteer’s duties:
During this archaeological project participants will learn archaeological field methods, including excavations techniques, recording archaeological materials and features, as well as drawing profiles. Students will also be taught how to identify different types of materials such as pottery, organic remains (seeds, sea shells, plants, and animals), human remains, textiles and architectonic features as part of their field work studies.
Information about accommodation, food and logistic:
Living accommodations will be in the city of Huarmey, which is about a 20 minute drive to the El Campanario archaeological site. Be advised that living accommodations will be basic in that the locale will have running water and electricity; internet connectivity may not be guaranteed but there are ample internet cafes located throughout the city of Huarmey.
Possibility of spending free time:
During weekends participant will have the opportunity to enjoy local Peruvian food on the countryside or the beach. Field trips to visit archaeological sites will be organize during weekends. The Project will provide 3 meals a day, 6 days a week for 5 weeks. Sunday meals are responsibility of the participants.
The date of the beginning & end of the placement:
The date of the beginning of the placement:
The date of the end of the placement:
- 24-hour emergency phone
- 24-hour in-country support
- Airport pick-up
- All meals
- All necessary project equipment and materials
- All necessary project training by experienced staff
- Location orientation
- Long term experienced staff
- Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
What's Not Included:
- Additional drinks and gratuities
- International and domestic airport taxes
- Personal kit
- Pre-departure support and discounted services
- Visa costs