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Student Experiences

Rossana Paredes

«[Carito Tavera] could answer all our questions; she was so patient specially with people who didn’t know much about archaeology.»

Rossana Paredes – Texas A&M University


“Luis [Muro]  was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to be around. Carito [Tavera] was amazing and I feel I’ve learned a lot.”

Matoula Martin – California State University, Sacramento

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«The lectures, the students, and the interaction with the local community really made the entire experience worthwhile» 

Andrew DeLeon- University of California Riverside 

testimonios 2

 «It was one of the most fantastic adventures I have ever gone on in my life! I feel like I have made some life-long friends and a field that I’d like to work in»

Elizabeth Goebbert – Indiana University

Rossana Paredes

«It is a good program. I really learned and enjoyed it a lot. Also, people (assistants and students) were so nice.»

Rossana Paredes – Texas A&M University

«Fantastic! I’ve made some the best friends I’ve ever had during this program and came back so excited and in love with Archaeology. The professors were informative and caring, and treated all the students like adults which gave us the confidence to continue forward in this discovery of archaeology «

Airielle Cathers – California State University Sacramento

yaneli Damian

«I am extremely happy I went I came back feeling a completely different person. I valued my life after living away for more than a month»

Yaneli Damian – Napa Valley College

Melissa Barrett

«I loved interacting with students from all over the world. I had never done field work before, and I feel like the field school program did a good job of teaching me»

Melissa Barrett – Ohio State University

Binh Doan

«Luis [Muro] was an amazing site leader. He was informative and made the process of learning field techniques very enjoyable and fun»

Binh Doan – Yale University

Kara Allison

«I had a really good time. Everyone was very friendly and informative – it made a very nice learning atmosphere»

Kara Allison – Ithaca College

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Chepén – La Libertad.

Time period:

1month/4 weeks.

Number of hours:

180 hours.


6 credits

Language of Instruction:




Luis Jaime Castillo, Ph.D. (PUCP)

Luis Armando Muro, PhD.C (Stanford University)


Elsa Tomasto, MA (PUCP)

Teaching Assistants/Staff:

Julio Saldaña (PUCP)

Karla Patroni (PUCP)

Fabrizio Serván (PUCP)

Ema Perea (UNT)

Hoover Cabanillas (UNT)