Field Research in Archaeology will be held in the framework of the San José de Moro Archaeological Project (SJMAP), a program of excavations at the site of San José de Moro, a ceremonial and funerary complex located in the north coast of Peru.
This site is one of the only Moche cemetery currently under research, which has yield some of the most complex elite burial and ritual settings pertaining to a continuous, 1000 years occupation. Work in the site started in 1991, and is continued to date extending its activities to the northern Jequetepeque valley sites of Cerro Chepén and San Ildefonso.
Excavations at SJM are conducted in July, during four weeks. In addition to doing field archeology, the students will have the chance to visit some of the remarkable archeological sites of the region (Sipán, Túcume, Huaca de la Luna, Huaca el Brujo, Pacatnamú, Chan Chan).
Field School students will be trained in the different aspects of archaeological fieldwork, including extensive excavations done at SJM. Instructors will the most experienced program members that will train students in the specific work carried out at the site. Each excavation unit at PASJM has a qualified instructor in charge of directing and instructing students in daily operations. Furthermore, participating students are encouraged to make significant decisions, which may lead to a better understanding of the archaeological protocols that take place at the research site.
By the end of the program, students will have gone through each one of the stages required to carry out archaeological excavation processes in a systematic manner. Since the beginning of our excavations, students have played an active and very important role in the achievement of our goals. Many of our former students now work on their own archaeological programs in other areas of Peru thanks to the experience they gained at PASJM.
The SJMAP is led by Professor Luis Jaime Castillo, and a team of young archaeologists from Peru and the US. The Project has to date produced numerous publications and is recognized as one of the most outstanding research done in South America.
Dr. Luis Jaime Castillo is a full professor and researcher of Archaeology Program at PUCP. He has been the co-editor of Latin American Antiquity and has written numerous articles and books on Moche and North Coast archaeology. He has been a visiting professor in numerous universities in Europe and North America, and Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks. Since 1991 he has been director of the San José de Moro Archaeological Project, one of the largest and most active research projects in Peru, combining scientific research, teaching, and community development.
Solsiré Cuscanqui is an archaeologist trained at the PUCP. She is in charge of excavations at the sites of San Ildefonso and Cerro Chepén. Her research is focused in mapping and excavations, as well as the study of architecture patterns and the functions in both sites. Solsiré is also the Representative in Peru of the Sustainable Preservation initiative.
Luis Muro is PUCP trained, doctoral student at Stanford University. He has led excavations at San José de Moro. His researches have been focused in the social encounters, the ceremonials and rituals practices in the Late Moche Period, this topic has been developed from his excavations in the western sector of San José de Moro.
San José de Moro, Chepén, La Libertad (Northern coast of Peru)
Credits Number: 6
Luis Jaime Castillo Butters (Ph.D.C. UCLA)
Solsiré Cusicanqui Marsano ( Lic. PUCP)
Luis Armando Muro Ynoñán ( Doctoral Student, Stanford University)