LAST 395 Faculty-led Summer Study Abroad - Student Application

LAST 395 Faculty-led Summer Study Abroad - Student Application

LAST 395: Cerro Blanco-Peru Archaeology Field School

Welcome! The deadline to apply for LAST 395 is Feb. 15, 2018. Have questions? Please contact Dr. Kasia Szremski at or contact the LAS International Programs office at

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Cerro Blanco-Peru Archaeology Field School: The Ancient Politics of Human-Environment Interactions with Dr. Kasia Szremski
LAST 395, 3 credits (Summer Session II course)

Dates abroad: June 10 – July 8, 2018
On-campus class meetings: Mandatory pre-departure orientation session on campus - tentatively scheduled for May 3, 2018.

Estimated program fees: $2,570 (includes housing, all meals in Peru, local transportation, and program excursions) Tuition will be standard summer session II rates of $402 per credit for in-state. Students will be responsible for purchasing their own round-trip airfare to Lima.

Course Description:
This class in an archaeological field school where students will have the opportunity to engage in innovative original research at the archaeological site of Cerro Blanco, a Chancay Administrative Center located in central Peru. In this four-week off-campus field school, students will have the opportunity to participate in the Huanangue Valley Archaeological Project and engage in active hands-on research at Cerro Blanco. The Huanangue Valley Archaeological project consists of an interdisciplinary team of an Illinois and Peruvian researchers and students who investigate how the exchange of key resources (water, shellfish, peanuts, maize, etc.) can mitigate inter-ethnic violence during times of resource scarcity as part of a way to understand the long term cultural, political, and economic impacts of human-environmental interactions in the region. This course is well suited for students interested in anthropology, economy, political science, social impacts of climate change, environmental sustainability, indigenous ecologies, resource management, Latin American studies, and/or economic and political systems. 

In the field, students will be organized into three research teams: one team will focus on agriculture and local economies through excavating households, the second team will focus on the intersection between public ceremonies and trade/exchange through excavating in Cerro Blanco’s public plaza and the third team will study identity and belonging through excavating in Cerro Blanco’s cemetery.  Each team will be led by an experienced archaeology student from Universidad Nacional Federico Viarreal who will serve as a team leader. Each of the three groups will also receive training in drone mapping, spatial analysis in GIS, and artifact analysis under the mentorship of Dr. Szremski.  In the evenings, we will meet for a series of lectures/discussions on a different weekly theme. Our long-term goal is to uncover what role Cerro Blanco played in managing interregional trade and how that trade impacted the region. 

Special field trips to cultural events important to the region are included in the program, such as the Rodeo de Ihauri, and La Parada (a weekly market that takes place in the highlands).  Our field house will be based in Sayan, so students will be embedded within the local community and have ample opportunity to practice their Spanish and to engage with local community members. 

Applications must be received by 11:59pm on Thursday, February 15th, 2018! 

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