Privado: Bioarchaeology in San Jose de Moro – Excavating a 1,500 Years-Old Moche Temple and Cemetery


The program accepts graduate and undergraduate students in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, biological sciences, medicine and related fields. No previous field work experience is required but previous knowledge of bone is a must. To participate in the advanced group a CV showing courses or previous experience with bones is required. All students, in order to be admitted in the advance program will have to pass an evaluation test (Quiz 0)

Evaluation will be continuous from the very beginning. Beside the written report of the personal investigation, there will be four quizzes orientated to the identification of bone fragments.

 All pedagogic material will be provided by the program; nevertheless students can bring their textbooks and tools if they want to. A laptop will be needed for the preparation of reports.

Spanish is not required, since most activities are conducted in English. All SJMPA staff speaks both English and Spanish. However, it is convenient for students to have a basic knowledge of Spanish in order to facilitate a fluid interaction with the population of San Jose de Moro.

Many of the English-speaking archaeologists who have worked with us for more than a season are now able to communicate satisfactorily with the program staff and with the population of San Jose de Moro.

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Chepén – La Libertad.

Time period:

1month/4 weeks.

Number of hours:

180 hours.


6 credits

Language of Instruction:




Elsa Tomasto, MA (PUCP)


Luis Jaime Castillo, Ph.D. (PUCP)

Luis Armando Muro, PhD.C (Stanford University)


Teaching Assistants/Staff:

Julio Saldaña (PUCP)

Karla Patroni (PUCP)

Fabrizio Serván (PUCP)

Ema Perea (UNT)

Hoover Cabanillas (UN