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|Volume 11 Edition 4: December 2011 Emily Holmes, Editor|
Palace Excavation in Peru!
This past summer, students from UNCG ventured to Moquegua, Peru, to attend the Contisuyo Archaeological Field School from June 18 to July 24, 2011. They joined a team of faculty, Peruvian archaeologists, graduate students, and undergrads from several universities, as well as local villagers, to work on an excavation project. The UNCG sponsored project was directed by Dr. Donna Nash, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, and took place at the Wari site of Cerro Mejía. The excavation focused on two hilltop palaces dating back to 600-850 AD and was funded in part by the National Geographic Society. The goal was to gain a better understanding of the Wari Empire (AD 600-1000) and their early colonization of southern Peru. Research of the Wari colony in Moquegua has been on-going for more than fifteen years with Dr. Nash leading excavations and surveys of the region. This past season, excavations took place in local palaces to examine how local leaders responded to foreign Wari conquerors. Exploration revealed that local leaders invested a great deal in the construction of their palaces with one having an outer wall nearly a meter thick that was built of massive stones and thick red clay mortar. The local leaders who lived in these palaces did not have access to imperial material wealth and few items in the Wari imperial style were found in the palaces.
For the five-week program, the team lived in the beautiful
The Contisuyo Archaeological Field School is being offered again in 2012. This coming summer the team will be working on four different village sites, some of which were later reoccupied by Inka settlers. The goal is to look at important changes through time from the periods before and after the Wari conquest of the region. If you are interested in joining the research team please apply online with IPC or email Dr. Nash for more information.
To learn more about the 2011 Field School you can visit their webpage: http://studyabroad.uncg.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10585&Type=O&sType=O